They wanted their freedom and the same rights as the white people had. Many other young people joined the civil rights movement because they felt that a change was needed in the way black people were treated. They felt that this change would not come if they did not join the civil rights movement. Anne Moody was a strong believer of black rights and felt that it was important for her to help black people fight for equal rights. These civil rights workers felt that their freedom would only come if most of the black community supported the efforts of the civil rights workers.
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Rosa Parks grew up during a time when the color of a person’s skin defined who they were and how they were treated. Parks had no intention of becoming the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement,” she was just an ordinary, common, every-day seamstress (Boyd, 2005 p. 42). But Parks was an honorable woman who stood up and fought for civil rights for African Americans. In 2006 Wade-Lewis wrote about her memories growing up around Rosa Parks during the segregation. She retells how her family always had to use the bathroom at their house before road trips, never knowing if a “colored” one would be found on the way.
Her spiritual and religious influences helped shape her and prepare her for the positions she would one day fill. Yet it is her own formation of religion and spirituality that garnered her success. although her grandmother’s words gave her the confidence to speak out against violence it was her own belief in the sinfulness of segregation that caused her to act. Her family’s ignorance of the racial problem could have stopped her from attending anything that discussed race. But her own morals told her she needed to participate in some group that retaliated or caused action.
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