He was elected to lead the boycott because he was young and new to town and nobody knew who he was, so he didn’t have a be reputation with the black community. The boycott went on for 382 days and finally the supreme court lifted the segregated transportation laws. Then they had the sit-ins. King would encourage the kids to continue the nonviolent methods of protest. After his assassination riot broke out and many things were burnt down.
The 1936 Olympic Games were drawing closer and the Americans were debating a boycott of the Berlin Olympics because of Nazi discrimination (Large pg 89). Jesse Owens, a well-known Negro track athlete faceed a huge decision. He needed to decide if he wanted to take part in boycotting the Olympic games or not. Jesse and other blacks were not invited to events such as the Sugar Bowl track meet, which takes place in New Orleans (Large pg 89). He came to realize that the discrimination blacks faced in America was not very different from that which the Jews faced from the Nazis (Large pg 89).
Black history month is known as African-American History Month in America, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. Black history month has been celebrated since 1926, and is greatly appreciated. Black history month month celebrates people like Boston Massacre figure Crispus Attucks, Underground Railroad leader Harriet Tubman, Legal figure Homer Plessy, Civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Bus-riding activist Rosa Parks, ‘Black Power’ advocate Malcolm X, and Educator Booker T. Washington. Due to this group, it is evident how blacks have contributed to the fiber of American culture, ranging from useful inventions to innovative musical interludes, and beyond. Blacks have served and died in defense of their adopted homeland.
One of Dr. King’s most famous march was the march on Selma. Dr. King didn’t believe in violence during these strikes. Dr. King practiced non-violent social change which is another reason why his assassination was unjust. During the march on Selma 100 troopers and police attacked the marchers this was known as “Bloody Sunday.” Dr. King did suffer a lot during the civil rights movements, in 1958 a black woman stabbed him. In 1963, Martin Luther King made his most famous speech “I have a dream” which caused a huge impact on the Civil Rights Movements.
Not just in sports, but in the Civil Rights Movement as a whole. During Jackie’s prime, “people began to view him as a spokesman for other African-Americans. He was an outspoken activist for African-Americans’ rights. He participated in many protests for fair wages and workers’ rights.” (Santella) Jackie has been an inspiration to all blacks around the world, for his determination even when times were tough, always standing up for his rights. As said in a past article, “Jackie had a huge part to play in how Americans thought about racial integration.” (Novak) He made Americans realize that African Americans could play with whites in the big leagues and be able to deal with the controversy that comes with it.
Adolf Hitler was so stunned and angry that Owens had successfully defeated his German people, that he even walked out of the stadium. In all the United States won eleven gold medals in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, six of them were won by African American athletes. Jesse Owens and the U.S.A. Olympic Team returned to America as heroes, they were even honored with a ticker tape parade in New York City. Even though Owens helped the U.S. win at the Olympics, he was treated badly because of his skin color. He had to sit in the back of the bus just like any other African American at the time, and he also couldn’t live where he wanted to live.
Overcoming obstacle is the theme because he was segregated and discriminated against his entire life just because he was an African American. The quote “although I wasn’t invited to shake hands with Hitler I wasn’t invited to the White House to shake hands with the president either.” This proves that he was discriminated by Hitler and the leader of his own country that he was born in. In addition, the millions of people in the Berlin games also discriminated him and the color of his skin. Because of all the discrimination, Jesse Owens ran harder and harder and improved his running skills because of the discrimination. This shows that Jesse Owens overcame many obstacles such as discrimination and
Being though Martin Luther King was assassinated during this film, African Americans started more riots all over the country to fight for justice. In order for African Americans to earn money, they worked as sanitation workers better known as slaves. As time went on two men that were workers were ran over by a garbage truck and died. Being though they died, 1300 African Americans walked off the job and went on strike. They went on strike because they had enough and they refused to put up with it anymore.
Black Power Huey Newton, cofounder of the Black Panthers, once said, “Black Power is giving power to people who have not had power to determine their destiny.” Due to the mistreatment of African Americans a speech was given and a phrase was coined that raised awareness of the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement. Stokely Carmichael was one of many who were leaders in the Civil Rights Movement. In fact, Stokely Carmichael was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). The SNCC was formed to give younger blacks more of a voice in the Civil Rights Movement. During the March Against Fear, James Meredith was shot on June 5th, 1966.
After the trials of the four murderers had been held, people started to realize that they were treating African Americans horribly. Much time had passed before people realized they needed to do something about this racial prejudice. About a year later, the Civil Rights Act was passed by congress stating that it “ended segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin…” (History.com) The act helped vanquish segregation in cities forever, yet it still did not fully do the job. The assassination of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. followed in years after the law was made and showed that people still broke the rules and people still treated African-Americans with rotten