A push was the growing discrimination and danger blacks were being faced with in the southern cities. When blacks migrated they saw the opportunity to express themselves in ways they hadn’t been able to do down south. While the Harlem Renaissance taught blacks about their heritage and whites the heritage of others, there were also negative effects. The blacks up North were having the time of their lives, being mostly free from discrimination and racism but down South the KKK was at its peak and blacks that didn’t have the opportunities to migrate experienced fatal hatred and discrimination. Harlem soon became known as the “capital of black America” as the amount of blacks in this community was very substantial.
Great leaders such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. fought against racism and discrimination. However, African-Americans were not the only ones being discriminated against. Immigrants have also been discriminated against. Mexican-American immigrants are discriminated against. Many of them are not granted citizenship and therefore they are not given opportunity to work and have a better life.
The vast majority of non-black people of that time believed that blacks were not equal to other races. White Americans of the slavery period specifically held this view. It was nearly impossible for a black to live free in America, and it was even more difficult for a black to find a job. As time passed, however, many people began to change their views on race relations in America. After slavery was abolished, fewer and fewer people believed that they were supreme over the African-American race.
The events that took place during the Civil Rights Movement were unjust and left a large impact on the African Americans. The Civil Rights Movement was one of the most significant movements to take place in American history. African Americans were faced with equality issues and were “judged by the color of their skin, [not] by the content of their character,” (Source 3). They were deprived of jobs, education, voting rights, economic opportunities, and most importantly, their freedom and rights as a citizen of the United States of America. After being freed from slavery, the blacks thought they had achieved their freedom, but soon realized that was only the beginning.
The Harlem Renaissance was one of the most culturally important reformations in America. The Harlem Renaissance directly influenced many great civil rights leaders, and one could argue was the foundation for the battle of equality. Many great members of the Harlem Renaissance committed their whole life in order to improve race relations for themselves and for the future of the race. The strength African Americans achieved during the period after slavery through until the Harlem Renaissance provided them with enough strength to persevere. The atrocities African Americans went through during the early 20th century can only be matched by the years of enduring slavery.
Langston Hughes was a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance movement. His vast amounts of work are what brought attention to the struggles and realities of the time period. The Harlem Renaissance was an explosive expression of how black people felt during the 1920s and Langston Hughes did a magnificent job capturing and expressing the feelings of the black struggle. During the 1920s The Great Migration of black people to the north were treated better on paper than those in the south. They experienced de facto segregation as oppose to the de jure segregation they’re fellow black people faced in the south; though the treatment in the north was better there were still race riots and much racial tension.
African American rights are very crucial to the topic “Rights and Responsibilities,” because it has had the most racism, slavery, and cruelty in earlier centuries. Now, African Americans have more rights and have progressed to be equal members of society. This has been a major change throughout the history of the United States because it shows the progr... ... middle of paper ... ...form and whites would watch and admire their talents. This helped them gain fame, individuality and respect from other races. Although African Americans had always participated in the wars when they were needed, it wasn't until 1948 when Harry S. Truman appointed that Africans could be appointed into the U.S. navy and considered soldiers.
Although the African-Americans' ambitions were exceedingly high, there were strong barriers that kept them from reaching their goals of Americanization. The historical legacy of slavery acted as a barrier, and left the African-Americans with fewer civil rights than all other Americans and immigrants. To understand the meaning of "civil rights," it can be defined as "the rights belonging to an individual by virtue of citizenship especially the fundamental freedoms including civil liberties, due process, equal protection of the laws, and freedom from discrimination" (Dictionary.com). African-Americans were similar to the new comers from abroad in that they both experienced change and adjustment when entering urban American, but due to the legacy of slavery and the impact it had on the African-Americans' civil rights, the African-Americans migration experience was clearly different than other immigration experiences. The African-Americans and other migrant and immigrant groups experienced similar conditions and challenges of change u... ... middle of paper ... ...onstantly denied equal civil rights and were left behind, while the other minorities progressed in urban industrial America.
Integration called for the right of African Americans to be full citizens of the United States of America. The most surprising new critics of integration are found in traditional civil-rights groups like the NAACP and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Although the organizations still support integration, their dissident members are dissatisfied with the outcomes produced by government policies. They note that while the African American middle class is expanding, nearly 26 percent of all African-Americans still live below the poverty line. Radical behavior has often changed the political and social landscape for African Americans.
Diversity, we define this term today as one of our nation’s most dynamic characteristics in American history. The United States thrives through the means of diversity. However, diversity has not always been a positive component in America; in fact, it took many years for our nation to become accustomed to this broad variety of mixed cultures and social groups. One of the leading groups that were most commonly affected by this, were African American citizens, who were victimized because of their color and race. It wasn’t easy being an African American, back then they had to fight in order to achieve where they are today, from slavery and discrimination, there was a very slim chance of hope for freedom or even citizenship.