The Event from the 60’s That Influenced Me: The Civil Rights Movement
The Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s was a very powerful time period in this country. Birmingham, Alabama was considered the heart of the struggle for equal rights. African- Americans protested and fought for what they believed in through peaceful and violent protests.
Throughout the 1960’s, the widespread movement for African American civil rights had transformed in terms of its goals and strategies. However, the campaign had intensified during this decade which was characterized by greater demands and more aggressive efforts.
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For a long time, African- American people were treated as property to be owned, and exploited for profit, used or sold. After the Civil War, there was a very brief time when African-Americans were treated with some respect, as well as some individuals being elected to Congress. Unfortunately, that opportunity was short-lived and they found themselves disenfranchised in many places. In fact, they were not allowed to participate in many of the activities related to the government and the economy.
African-Americans were treated differently because of their race and the Caucasians especially in the South resented the fact of not being able to carry on their culture of slavery. The free slaves competed with white people for work which lead to resentment.
If those that had the power were to treat African-Americans as humans, they were put in a position where they would have to treat them more fairly in the marketplace. Therefore, it all boiled down to pleasing the majority white population and still maintaining a cheap labor force by pretending they were not really proper human beings (Friedman, 2008).
African-Americans were denied education, jobs, and reasonable social status and the spark that started the modern Civil Rights movement occurred in December of 1955 with Rosa Parks. Rosa Parks was a black seamstress, who refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man, as Montgomery, Alabama law required.
The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. became the spokesman for the protest that developed and led the black boycott of the Montgomery bus system. The result was felt nation wide and when Ms. Parks was arrested a few months later, the stage was already set for a boycott.
Therefore, when the day came that Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man because she was tired and just wanted to go home, she sparked the beginning of a boycott that was just waiting to happen. America has change dramatically because of the outcome of the Civil Rights Movement (Williams, 1988).
On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the now-infamous "I Have a Dream" speech at Washington D.C. This expression of individualism and inter-racial equality values heavily impacted civil rights policies for decades, and its effects have been carried over into the modern world today.
African- American, Asian, Asian-American, Hispanic, Latin-American, Caucasian, and European communities exist in relative harmony within today's American society, which is distinct from the clustered, segregated communities of minority groups in the pre-1960's.
This influence affected the world, as well as foreign countries that were assisted by the American government which were learning to emulate such Democratic policies as ethno-racial toleration within their political practices (Friedman, 2008).
My life without proper equality would suffer social segregation, decreased education, inadequate political...