Toni Cade Bambara’s short story, “The Lesson”, is more than just a vivacious story about a girl in poverty out of place in a high-end toy store. Instead, Sylvia’s transformation, the change in both her mindset and attitude, is clearly seen throughout the length of the story, especially after Miss Moore’s trip to the toy store. Toni Cade Bambara wrote “The Lesson” as part of her short fiction collection, Gorilla, My Love that was published in 1972 (Wikipedia). She is a social activist most recognized by her African-American experiences in her writing. Bambara was born in Harlem, a neighborhood in New York City (Toni Cade Bambara Biography).
Julia “Butterfly” Hill and her act of Civil Disobedience Julia “Butterfly” Hill, an environmental activist and author once said, “What happens on the planet is the outward reflection of what’s happening inside of us.” (Sacred.) Hill’s involvement in civil disobedience was due to personal influences, she chose to participate in civil disobedience to protest against the clear cutting of redwood trees, and she achieved success using the controversial method of standing up for what she thoroughly believes to be right. Civil disobedience is when a person goes against the law to prove a point, and make a difference in an idea or act they disagree with. Usually the person knows the consequences and goes against laws without causing violence.
The Civil War African American men and women roles in the civil war Name Affiliation Date Introduction In 1861, most African American men welcomed the beginning of the civil war when Confederate forces attacked Fort Sumter in South Carolina after the inauguration of the U.S president Abraham Lincoln. Most of the African American men served as guards for railways and bridges, scouts and spies in addition to their participation in the war fighting troops (Smith, 2002). Because of the suffering at home, thousands of the enslaved African American women began the transition to freedom and began new lives regardless of the horrors of the civil war (Blanton and Wike, 2002).
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.
Civil rights demonstrates that all people, no matter what race, religion, color or class, are equal and have equal rights. Although the civil rights time period is a subject that is not talked about much today, it was years ago when there was a lot of segregation and discrimination. There were many African Americans who made a difference in their fight for civil rights, but not many white people tried to make that same difference. Jane Addams was one of the few white people who made this effort; she had an even bigger impact on civil rights since she was female and wealthy, along with her skin color. Jane Addams got involved in promoting civil rights because she grew up around many sophisticated adults who also supported it.
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.
During times of difficulty, it’s hard to see the positive outcome that can happen in the situation. Sometimes we jump to the conclusion that nothing positive can help in the situation we face, and we tend to give up. However I believe that if we use the examples of Rosa Parks and the Women suffrage, that it’s possible to turn something negative into something positive. Rosa Parks, an American civil rights activist during the civil rights movement. Her story began in a public bus.
A political activist and feminist organizer, Gloria Steinem has and continues to overcome controversial issues concerning women in politics, women in the workforce, and women at home by speaking out through speech, articles, essays making her a household name that will be remembered for her achievements that changed society and lead it towards an era of equality for all. STRUGGLING CHILDHOOD Gloria Steinem’s childhood was a wandering affair. Her father, Leo, was originally a resort owner and her mother, Ruth, a newspaper reporter.
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.
Much has changed in the world, we live in a time where rapid change is not abnormal—it is consistent in our daily lives. The United States of America is an example, within the last couple of centuries the United States went through change after change; during both the eighteenth and nineteenth century, slavery was common among American citizens, which ironically the majority of American citizens were Caucasian. During this time, slaves were Africans and by having a different skin color than whites, Africans were categorized as a lesser being; by being categorized as a lesser race, Africans were not given the same rights in comparison to American citizens of the time—which were Caucasians. However, after years of being discriminated, Africans and other minority groups began to unite in hopes that one day they can end discrimination and become American citizens. In addition to racial discrimination, there was a gender gap between male and females; similar to African, females began to demand the same rights and responsibilities men had.
In some historical periods when man has been desperate for solutions, men of the cloth have always come up to lead a struggle as important and as moral as any can be. The preacher from Alabama, Martin Luther King Jr. was one such person. His leadership and that of other personalities enhanced the very development of the Civil rights movements that challenged one of the greatest obstacles that NAACP faced. This was the segregation laws that continued to deny the black man the benefit of the American dream. However, to Martin Luther King, it was not a question of the blacks alone, but a question of every person who was denied their rightful place in the United States present and history because of the color of their skin.
Disobedience has been the Founding Fathers of this nation in other words, without disobedience there would’ve have not been change. Ever wondered what it would be without the act of disobedience, for example Martin Luther King, well known for the act of disobedience or Rosa Parks. Another example would be Susan B Anthony. Disobedience is the initiative of change for a significant cause no matter what circumstance. Martin Luther King Jr born January 15, 1929 was an African American which was in an era of unfairness for the African American until he rendered the Civil Rights Movement.