From 1955-1968, African Americans in the south and other parts of the country begin to start a movement, called the Civil Rights Movement. This movement was to ensure that every African American and other minorities in the United States gained equality. Martin Luther King, Jr a popular civil rights leader wrote a letter during his time in jail which addressed the clergymen who criticized his actions with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Birmingham. In the letter Dr.King addresses the wrongdoings that African Americans suffer from and how he plans on attaining equality. Letter from Birmingham City Jail is a very important document which depicts information from post-slavery times in America, and birthed the Civil Rights Movement in the southern region of the United States.
In Just Mercy, author Bryan Stevenson recounts his time as a lawyer in Alabama during a time when the reality of racism in America was being seen for what it truly is; unjust and unfair. One of the connections Stevenson draws is that of slavery and the ties it has to today’s criminal justice system. In a study by the National Academic Press, it was estimated that in 1972, 161 U.S. residents were incarcerated in prisons/jails per 100,000 population; by 2007, that rate had more than quintupled to a peak of 767 per 100,000 (Jeremy Travis, 2014, p.33). In 2014, when Stevenson’s memoir was published, the number of those incarcerated estimated around 1.56 million— 58 percent of those identified as either Latino or Black (Carson, 2014). In an overarching summary, Stevenson begins with the story of Walter McMillan, a young black man who is put on trial for murdering an 18-year old white woman named Ronda Morrison.
Born in Maryland, Thurgood Marshall was another activist for civil rights. He went to an all-black law school, after being denied entry into the University of Maryland Law School. He would later take the school to court, and win, for violating the 14th Amendment. He went on to handle many landmark cases, as the primary attorney for the NAACP. One of the history making cases was the previous decision on the Plessy v. Ferguson case, convincing the Supreme Court to overturn the original ruling.
Jimmie Lee Jackson made a big impact in the civil rights time. He became a well-known person in the civil rights time for many reasons. Jackson was born on December 16, 1938, in Marion, Alabama. In his early life, he became a civil rights activist at a young age from 1938-1965. Only at the age of 26, was Jackson shot and severely beaten by a state trooper named James Bonard Fowler.
Ferguson, Scott vs. Sanford, and Plessy vs. Ferguson guarantee that the black community will fight for their rights when the time comes. Many of these cases started off as small tests of the law like sitting in the wrong racial compartment or just straight up starting a court case to fight for equality. Along with leading to the civil rights movement some of the cases were also the most notorious. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -Martin Luther King
Destiny Simmons Henderson CRW 8 March 8, 2018 Medgar Evers A lot has happened. Especially in the 1960s. Great potestor, racial divide, new standards, etc. Some of the most popular topics that happened in the ‘60s is popular speeches. Most people have heard about Martin Luther King Jr. His powerful speeches and even more powerful testimonies.
This was a major victory for the civil rights movement and it proved that peaceful methods could create change. Between 1957 and 1968, King worked tirelessly to promote civil rights. He travelled all over, giving thousands of speeches, writing five book, and many articles. With his hard work and speaking ability congress passed the civil rights act, which made segregation and discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or nationality illegal. On April 4, 1968 at the age of 39 MAtin was assasinted when he was standing
Everyday, people struggle to be treated equally and civil rights make it possible for everyone black or white to be treated equally. As a result of Bloody Sunday, this event helped blacks speak up and be heard. The impact Bloody Sunday had on the early struggle for civil rights was, it was a march that first began with 600 people to fight for the rights of African-Americans to vote. On August 6th 1965, the Federal Voting
Executive Order 8802 impacted The Civil Rights Movement as it gave African Americans a voice in the workforce and socially as well. In modern day history, Executive Order 8802 granted The United States’ a first black president, Barack Obama. As a country, The United States has experienced many hardships and accomplishments, but it is what makes America a strong country. FDR took a grand leap in issuing Executive Order 8802 ,as it changed the lives’ of many who had been stripped of their voice for years, and finally began to regain it with Executive Order
The year of 1965 the black community let out a collective victory cry. They had finally gotten the rights they fought hard for. They could at last vote, go to school and college, and got the working condition they deserve. They couldn 't have done it without Martin Luther King Jr., but there were a slew of cases that were tried and further assisted in opening the black community 's opportunity pool. They were well known cases, like the Plessy vs. Ferguson, Brown vs. Board of Education, and the Regents of the University vs. Bakke, all very influential cases in the fight for rights.
Everyone knows that Americas is free and that we have the right to say, do, and believe what we want. No one really focuses on how judgemental a certain situation can get. America is a very diverse country and that is why not everyone will accept and understand certain actions. In your eyes you could be making the best decision but to someone else you may be making the worst mistake of your life. It shouldn 't matter what others think about you but it can start to eat away at a person after a while.
Chase dreams even if doing so is technically illegal. Throughout history, we have celebrated those who disobey unjust laws in the name of justice. Take Martin Luther King for example. “A law is unjust if it is inflicted on a minority that, as a result of being denied the right of vote, had no part in enacting or devising the law.”(King, p469) However, all sorts of devious methods were used to prevent the colored from becoming registered voters. All men are created equal, but the colored were not given the equal rights to vote nor were they treated equally at that time.
Evers was buried with military in Arlington National Cemetery, and the NAACP awarded him their 1963 Spingarn Medal. The national outrage over Evers 's murder increased support for legislation that would become the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Immediately after Evers 's death, the NAACP appointed his brother, Charles, to his position. Charles Evers went on to become a major political figure in the state; in 1969, he was elected the mayor of Fayette, Mississippi, becoming the first African-American mayor of a racially mixed Southern town since the Reconstruction. A police and FBI quickly found a suspect, Byron De La Beckwith, a white segregationist and founding member of Mississippi 's White Citizens Council.