Sunday, November 19, 2017

Identifying African American Civil Rights Movement Facts

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By Anna Cooper

While there is great possibility that the fight for equal rights may continue for quite some time, there are some areas in which great progress has been made. For example, African American Civil Rights Movement Facts prove that while great progress has been made since the beginning, there is still much work to be done.

While the movement officially began in the mid-1950s, there were others whom had began working towards racial equality as far back as 1909. Still, it was not until the mid-1950s to the late 1960s that major changes in equality for African Americans and other non-Whites took place. For, it was during that time when equality in the areas of employment, housing and education came to pass. Prior to which, most White people had far more civil rights than others.

During the early days of the country and well into the 19th century, Whites had the right to do far more than others. In fact, up until the mid-1950s, Whites were the only ones allowed to vote and in many cases drink from the same water fountains or enter public venues. In most cases, these discriminatory practices ended towards the mid to late 1960s.

The work of Malcom X, President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Junior and Rosa Parks, all whom gained momentum and pushed the movement forward need to be honored. For, it was after the initiation of the official Civil Right Movements that the Supreme Court reconvened as one based on equality rather than one which had previously been somewhat racially biased.

While the media and history books often focus on the movement having began in the mid-1950s, it was actually in 1909 when blacks and whites formed the Advancement of Colored People, a national organization now known as the NAACP. After which, people of all races came together to promote equality in education, employment, housing and other areas. Later, in the late 1940s and early 1950s, veterans returning home from World War II also had a major part to play during this integral period in the fight for equality.

The war also had a great deal to do with the origins and growth of the movement. For, veterans of all colors refusing to be mistreated had a great deal to do with the origins of the movement. After which, the military and other organizations began treating veterans of all races with a great deal more respect.

A trial related to segregation in public schools had a great deal to do with much of the progress which has been seen to date. The trial Brown versus Board of Education which took place in 1954 was a long and arduous one. In the end, the Supreme Court abolished segregation for children in elementary schools around the country. While this is the case, those moving into predominantly White school districts still faced a great deal of opposition from fellow students and teachers.

Today, there are some states which are attempting to re-segregate various schools. For the most part, these attempts have failed over time. The reality that there are people whom still attempt to promote White supremacy in schools and around the world only go to show how much work is still needed when it comes to the fight for true equality.

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