The Civil Rights Movement

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Civil Rights are those rights that guarantee to all individuals by the 13th, 14th, 15th, and 19th Amendments of the U.S Constitution, as the right to vote and the right to equal treatment under the law (Agnes 121). The Civil Rights Era (1954-1973) was a time of racism, discrimination, protests for equality, and gained momentum to overcome horrific obstacles. This time period was inspired by African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and any other citizen that was against what forms of discrimination there was at the time (Appleby 820). The teaching of Civil Rights to students is imperative, especially to African-American Students. Segregation is the policy of compelling racial groups to live apart and use separate schools, facilities, and so much more (Agnes 582). Segregation played a huge role in the mid 1950’s through the mid 1960’S; which leads to the next summit, Emmet Till. In 1955, Emmet Till was a fourteen year old African-American boy who lived up North and knew nothing of segregation. When Emmet came down South, where segregation was heavy, to visit his family he was dared by his peers to speak to a white woman, since he claimed to be dating one. As Emmet spoke or gestured to the white woman, later on that night he was lynched by the woman’s husband and brother in-law. As the case was solved in the Supreme Court, the two was liberated scotch free. (Eyes on the Prize DVD) Three to four years before the Emmet Tills’ case was the class act case Brown V. Board of Education. The Brown v. Board of Education was five cases in one that fought for young black African-Americans to attend the same schools as the whites (Eyes on the Prize DVD). The case was fought by Thurgood Marshall, an African-American attorney that gre... ... middle of paper ... ...ould be taught the things of the past. Important things, like segregation, integration, the class act of Brown v. Board of Education, even to the time that God led Abraham Lincoln to sign the Emancipation Proclamation. The teaching of Civil Rights to students is imperative, especially to African-American Students. Works Cited -Agnes, Michael. Webster's New World Dictionary. Ed. Michael Agnes. 4tn edition. New York: Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2003. -Appleby, Brinkley, McPherson, The National Geographic Society. The American Journey. New York: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., 1998. -Boyd, Herb. We Shall Overcome. Naperville: Sourcebooks, Inc., 2004. -Eyes on the Prize. Dir. Unknown. Perf. Civil Rights advocates. 1987. -Sharp, Anne Wallace. A Deffered Dream: The Jim Crow Era. New York: THOMAS GALE, 2005. -Talbot, David. Brothers. New York: Free Press, 2007.
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