Black Civil Rights Essay

683 words - 3 pages

More than a hundred years ago the Europeans brought slaves to North America.

The blacks found themselves in the midst of prejudice whites with no way out.

When the blacks came over Jim Crow laws were incorporated. With these laws it

was near impossible for blacks to rise in the white world. Booker T. Washington

was the first black to rise to any prominence in this time. In the early 1900's

blacks however began to fight back. In 1909 black advancement organizations

began to increase all over North America. Unfortunately with the rise of these

groups also came the rise of racist white groups like the Ku Klux Klan and

others brutally killing blacks. All blacks coming into N. America were being

brought into a very hostile environment.

The first sign of blacks becoming more equal was the blacks to fight in the

World War. For the first time they were looked upon as war ...view middle of the document...

Also the high

court passed a law that enabled black children to have the same education

opportunities as white children.

It was in December 1955 that Rosa Parks made a big step for civil rights by

doing a very small but courageous thing. She was arrested for not giving up her

seat to a white man on a bus, which broke one of the many Jim Crow laws. With

that one action black activist hired Martin Luther King Jr. to boycott the bus

laws. This boycott of the Jim Crow transportation laws was a complete success,

launching Martin Luther King Jr. into national stardom with the accomplishment.

King often acted on and admired the ways of M. Gandhi. Soon blacks all over

began to non-violently protest many segregated places. In turn many places were

desegregated. President John F. Kennedy was a strong force also in the fight for

black civil rights and his assassination in 1963 did cause setbacks. The blacks

in the North felt that they had to do more than the blacks in the South to make

a difference but they didn't have a voice. That was until Malcolm X joined the

voice of Martin Luther King Jr. Malcolm X did make a difference but he was not

liked by many whites and even was strongly disliked by black Muslims. Soon later

black Muslims shot and killed Malcolm X, not much later Martin Luther King Jr.

was also assassinated, and another great voice was silenced.

Jesse Jackson arose the killing in 1965. He started many organizations to

help support blacks and civil rights. Also to show that the equality between

blacks and whites was getting stronger Jackson ran for President of the United

States in both 1984 and 1988, not only becoming a threat in the civil rights

movement but as a political icon also. His message was and still is well liked

by both blacks and whites, as he sends the message of true equality and not just

power to blacks. Poverty, education, and racism are still part of today's

society and in political battle with each other, but the efforts of all the

blacks are paying off for everyone. The world does seem to be getting better.

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