Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Importance of the Civil Rights Movement

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The Importance of the Civil Rights Movement by Everett Bryant

The Civil Rights movement was less a struggle about race and more of a struggle about forcing decency between fellow human beings. The civil rights movement was taking shape for years, but it really came to the forefront during the year 1955.

This is the year that both Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus, as well as Emmitt Till being hung in the south for whistling at a white woman. The outrage and fury of these two separate incidents led to boycotts and also led to the civil rights movement being brought to view nationwide by the power of television.

The movement was important because for the United States of America to be able to proclaim itself a great nation and a truly free nation, all of it's citizens had to have equal rights. The experiment known as separate but equal proved to be a failure. To truly have equal rights that were supposed to be afforded to all Americans, a person had to have equal access to all privileges. There was no way that there was enough money and resources to build everything truly equal, but used for only one race of human beings.

To fix this error a new set of leaders emerged from both the church and the political body. From Martin Luther King Jr to President Lyndon B. Johnson who signed the Civil Rights act of 1968, them plus many more heroes led the way to fight against the injustice that had stood for too long and needed to be knocked down.

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