Leaders In The Civil Rights Movement

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Over time we have seen great change in mankind, there have been many different movements that took place to create change. But what, or who rather, is the spark that ignites the flame of these movements? Throughout history we have seen people single handedly inspire others to change laws, opinions, and the status quos accepted and encouraged by society. When people don’t move for change on their own, it takes a leader to come along and inspire them. Throughout time there have been great influential leaders that have helped spark a movement. These leaders such as Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, MLK and so many more. When people do not take action on their own, influential leaders can inspire them to partake in movements that they…show more content…
Mrs.Parks was on her way home after a long day working as a seamstress when she took her seat in the “colored” section of the bus. Once a white male had boarded with no place to sit, it was expected of Parks to move. Rosa refused to give up her seat for the white man and consequently went to jail. But, when Rosa refused to move from her bus seat in 1955 she not only added fuel to the already burning civil rights movement but she inspired a boycott. The Montgomery Bus Boycott was inspired by Rosa Parks when she refused to move. The bus boycott was when african americans stopped riding public buses due to the segregation that took place on them. On the day of Rosa’s trial, which took place four days after her arrest, the boycott began. The Montgomery Bus Boycott lasted over a year, 381 days to be exact. The court case regarding bus segregation made it all the way to the United States Supreme Court. Once the case reached the court, it was decided that Montgomery could no longer segregate on public…show more content…
Throughout his presidency Mandela encouraged his fellow South Africans to accept one another no matter the racial difference. Even after the political part of Mandela’s life was over he continued to encourage and support equality in South Africa as well as across the world. Nelson Mandela was an inspirational leader because he inspired change in South Africa as he took part in leading the movement for equality. Mandela continued to inspire people because even after having to spend almost 30 years in prison he still supported equal rights
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