The African American Civil Rights Movement

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The African American civil rights movement was a long journey for African American nationwide. The success involved many people, hardships and time in order to advance the African American community in America. The purpose of the movement was to achieve their rights, cease discrimination, and racial segregation. During the start of the African American civil rights movement, Africans Americans still were faced with Jim Crow laws which segregated them from whites. Under the Jim Crow laws African Americans had different schools, bathrooms, trains, buses and many other things that were separated from the white population. The case, Plessy v. Ferguson went through the U.S. Supreme Court and turned out to make a legal policy “separate but equal” (A Brief History of Jim Crow). The African Americans went on to develop the African American movement to fight for their equality. The Fourteenth Amendment helped them fight for their equal rights by proving they were not being treated with equality which was unconstitutional. The Fourteenth Amendment is for the equal protection of the law for all U.S. born citizens (Kelly). The African American civil right movement was a fight to put an end to discrimination, segregation, and equal rights for all African Americans. In 1954 the cause of Brown v. Board of education found that racial segregationon in schools was unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment. The court found that the schools were separate but not equal (Black History Timeline). This cause also proved that other segregated places were unconstitutional under the law too. This being said caused a hit to the pro Jim Crow laws. In the findings of the school being unfair and unequal, it was found hard to enforce especially in the... ... middle of paper ... ...l. The hardships and brave African American that fought for African American civil rights will forever be remembered as strong heroes that stood to make a change for the future of African Americans. Works Cited “A Brief History of Jim Crow." - Constitutional Rights Foundation. N.p., 2014. Web. 28 Apr. 2014. . "Black History Timeline." A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2014. . Kelly, Martin. "14th Amendment Summary." American History. N.p., 2014. Web. 28 Apr. 2014. <> Taylor, Quintard. "Chapter 5." From Timbuktu to Katrina: Readings in African American History. Boston, Mass.: Thomson/Wadsworth, 2008. N. pag. Print.

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