Besides the more prominent Black male leaders of the Civil Rights Movement both black and white women played an important role in the struggle for racial equality. Women’s experiences in the Civil Rights Movement can tell us a lot about the lives of extraordinary women and their ability to gain power in the movement towards equality. Although Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King were major women leaders of the movement, there were numerous other women that played key roles in the fight for equality, such as Ella Baker. Ella Baker fought for civil rights on the front lines for over half a century. Ella Baker was born in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1903 and grew up in Littleton, North Carolina.
Lola Akingbade, a St. Louis resident and third year student of Northeastern University, took action after the event of Brown’s death from Officer Wilson. In the event, 18-year old Michael Brown, a black teenager, was shot, unarmed, by white police officer Darren Wilson. This stirred a few problems, but mainly racial issues. Many African-Americans took to violence and started rampaging throughout Missouri. After these protests and riots, Lola decided to survey the people of St. Louis for their opinion on racial issue.
Fannie Lou Hammer: Civil Rights Activist Born on October 6, 1917, the youngest of twenty children, daughter of two sharecroppers and the wife of Perry Hamer. A woman by the name of Fannie Lou Hamer was one of the history's wells- known, well-respected activist and philanthropist. March 3, 1977, was the day that the great Mrs. Hamer passed away due to cancer. She had been in and out of the hospital for a great part of her life, but this did not stop her from devoting her life to change. A close friend and colleague Andrew Young, a United States delegate to the United Nations, held Mrs. Hamer's funeral.
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.
Throughout the years, slaves have encountered seasons of agony as slave owners exhibit inhumane behavior resulting in the manslaughter of numerous slaves. On a treacherous flight towards freedom, slaves like Nat Turner and Harriet Tubman have retreated from brutality, in order to take a stand against
Today’s world is rife with problems. With conflict in the Middle East, countries abroad becoming more aggressive, and protest over human rights violations taking place all over the country, America needs a strong leader to get through these times. One such leader would be Eleanor Roosevelt, the United State’s longest-serving and undoubtedly most active First Lady. Beyond her duties as the wife of the president, Eleanor Roosevelt took part in many movements and was one of the most unabashed spokespersons on issues of her time. Taking sometimes controversial stances on matters such as civil rights, welfare, global issues, Eleanor deviated from some of the more common view of her contemporaries; but in spite this, she was still one of the most
Annie Easley is one of the three spectacular women who helped make modern space travel possible in a time where Jim Crow and the fight for civil rights was rampant. Easley was born to Bud McCrory and Willie Sims in Birmingham, Alabama on April 23, 1933. Being born years before the Civil Rights Movement would come to exist, opportunities, educational and career wise were extremely limited. African American children and white children were separated, or segregated, and more often than not, African American schools were inferior, with hand-me-down textbooks, and school buildings in poor conditions. However, through her hardships, and support from her mother, Annie Easley would go onto change the dynamic of space travel for the better.
How it all started, On december 1,1955 in alabama a white bus driver told Rosa Parks to stand and give her seat to a white man.she was already seated in the negro section at the back of the bus. She refused to relinquish her seat. The bus driver responded by calling the police who arrested Rosa and took her to jail. How did she change history?
Tiffany M. Gill’s Beauty Shop Politics takes place during the Jim Crow era. Gill’s argument is that the role of African-American women is significant, but greatly overlooked in their tradition. These women were entrepreneurs and served their community, but their hard work and contributions went without recognition. On the first page of the Introduction, Gill mentions, “the black beauty industry since its inception has served as an incubator for black women’s political activism and a platform from which to agitate for social and political change. In so doing, I restore economics and entrepreneurship as important variables in black women’s activism and community building and argue that the beauty industry played a crucial role in the creation
Civil rights activist Dorothy Day once said, "If I have achieved anything in my life, it is because I have not been embarrassed to talk about God.” Instead of showing fear of what others expect of her, Day stood strong in her religious stand points and proclaimed her thoughts. Dorothy Day’s involvement in civil disobedience was due to personal influences, she chose to participate in civil disobedience in a religious point of view, and she did achieve success using this controversial method of standing up for what she strongly believes to be right. Civil disobedience is when a person or group protests a law that they find morally wrong. The person is usually peaceful and will accept whatever consequences arise due to breaking the law (Suber).
It took leaders to step up and fight for what's right even if they knew their actions could end in tragic conflict . Courageous leaders such as Rosa Parks, of the people steps up through all the hate and segregation that was being portrayed throughout the South. The Civil Rights Movement was Primarily evoked and influenced by Ms. Parks courageous and dangerous move because it inspires African Americans to rise up throughout all the hate and violence. A connection I can make to Ms. Parks courageous move is almost the same move that Katniss Everdeen made when she didn't want Peeta to die so she sacrificed wheels and him by threatening the capital that she was going to eat the poisonous berries along with peeta therefore not crowning a victor.
Historically, the Civil Rights Movement was a time during the 1950’s and 1960’s to eliminate segregation and gain equal rights. Looking back on all the events, and vital figures it produced, this explanation is very unclear. In order to fully understand the Civil Rights Movement, you have to go back to its beginning. Most people believe that Rosa Parks began the whole civil rights movement. She did in fact move the Civil Rights Movement to groundbreaking heights but its origin began in 1954 with Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka.
I grew up with lessons about the significance of following my dreams, standing up to fight against oppression, and freedom of speech. I also had the pleasure of hearing ideas from my grandmother about unity, caution about rebellion, and values to keep our cultural unity. I appreciate the generation of individuals that bore the young adults of the 60s. I think the best way to sum up the 60s and 70s would be describing it as a melting pot of expressing any and all ideas.