There has been a time in American history where there was segregation and there were even laws that allowed it. Those laws are no longer present and neither is segregation. There were people that had a big impact on this decision. These people are called civil rights activists. Civil rights activists were people that fought for minorities to be treated equal and have equal opportunities.
Janet Fay Collins was the Metropolitan Opera's first African-American Prima Ballerina who broke the color barrier, paving the way for African-American dancers to come after her. Janet was born on March 2nd, 1917 in New Orleans, Louisiana. At the age of four years old she moved with her family to Los Angeles, California. There, she was enrolled into a Catholic Community Center for dance training. Her family did not have money to pay for Janet’s training.
Dorothy height was born in Richmond Virginia on March 24, 1912. Height was a civil rights activist along with a women’s right activist. Over the span of her career height received more than 50 awards from varies local, state, and national organizations. Some her major awards that she received were; Presidential Citizens Medal in 1989, Spingarn Medal in 1993, Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994, Jefferson Awards for Public Service in 2001, Heinz Awards in 2001, and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004. While height was fighting for social reforms for both genders she was mainly focused on reforms for African American women.
Do you know who Claudette Colvin is? Claudette Colvin is an important civil rights activist who made a notable impact on the Montgomery Bus Boycott. She is a wondrous person for what she did. Claudette was born on September 5th 1939 in Montgomery, Alabama. She is currently 77 years old.
You should always believe in yourself and never give up no matter what happens. Always be the leader and not the follower. Civil Rights activist, Diane Nash when she was a student she witnessed southern racial segregation for the first time in her life. Diane Nash helped me understand that we should become leaders for the black society.
Ella Josephine Baker was known to be an unsung hero during the trials and tribulations of the Civil Rights Movement. She was one of the women who contributed in achieving civil and human rights for minority people. She cooperated with many organizations to establish her goal, such as motivating the discriminated into standing up for themselves. Ella Baker’s childhood, political activism, and the influences of her actions all contributed in ending discrimination against African Americans and other minority groups during the Civil Rights Movement.
A catalyst in the Civil Rights Movement. Alongside of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks led the black community closer to Justice. Parks refused to sacrifice her seat to a white man in 1955, on a Montgomery city bus. This was not the first time Rosa battled with the same bus driver about the placement of her seat. When approaching the bus she proceeded to paid her fare and find her seat on the bus.
On March 03, 1913, thousands of women marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. as a form of protest in order to gain suffrage rights for women. Before the march, however, one of the parade organizers, Alice Paul, urged black suffragettes including Ida B. Wells to not march with Caucasian women. She feared white suffragists may have not wanted to participate in the parade if they had to march with African American women. People within and outside of the suffrage movement including the government often discriminated against black suffragettes on the account of race, which could have made obtaining voting rights for them more difficult. As a way of combatting exclusion from the suffrage movement, Ida B. Wells established and participated in numerous organizations that supported people of color such as the Alpha Suffrage club, which was the first black female suffrage association in Chicago.
Maya Angelou she was born on April 4, 1928, up to age sixteen .The champion of the civil rights in 1992, she was honored by being asked to read and original poem. They live with her grandmother and unle in the rear of the store. They eat cold fried chicken for lunch and potato salad. Each year i watched the field across from the store turn caterpillar green then gradually frosty white.
Rosa Parks is known for her refusal to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Due to the bus incident, it caused a citywide boycott, and helped launched a nationwide effort to end segregation in the public. She is one of the greatest people in history, for her beliefs and actions. I admire Rosa Parks for what she has done to help end segregation. She felt that nobody should be treated differently because of the color of their skin.
December 1,1955 was the day an unknown department store workers arrest started a movement that ended legal segregation in America. Even though she worked in a department store, Rosa Parks was best known for her work as a civil rights activist. Not only did she rebel against the laws of segregation, she also created a movement that abolished racism across the country. “Most people know Ms. Parks for being a woman whose feet were sore, who simply decided one day to sit in a seat she was not entitled to and defy Jim Crow segregation in Montgomery, Alabama. But her life was so much richer and more important than that.