Texas’s first African American woman novelist was also a biographer, diarist, educator, publisher, and librarian. Lillian B. Horace was born on April 29, 1880 in Jefferson, Texas. Her parents were Thomas Armstead and Mary Ackard. The family moved to Fort Worth, Texas when Lillian was a young toddler. She would go on to receive her early and formal education, graduating from the historically black institution, I. M. Terrell High School. Lillian enrolled in Bishop College in Marshall, Texas, where she took classes from 1898 to 1899. She focused her entire life around writing, entrepreneurship, community activism, philanthropy, and her faith.
In the book The Help, the Medgar Evers’ Assassination is a crucial historical element portrayed. In the 1960’s segregation was a significant deal that affected many lives. During this time period many historical events were in duration for example, Martin Luther King, Jim Crow Laws, Rosa Parks, and the March to Washington are just a few to name. The Medgar Evers’ assassination was an important historic element in American history, was portrayed in the novel The Help, and was presented differently in the novel.
African Americans were freed from slavery in 1865 and were granted civil rights in 1875. However, In the 1950s and 60s African Americans were restricted under Jim Crow laws, these laws segregated African Americans into “Separate but Equal” facilities and prohibited them from doing things we do normally today. On August 28th, 1955 a young African American boy was kidnapped, tortured and murdered for allegedly whistling at a Caucasian store owner. This young boy was known as Emmett Louis “Bobo” Till. Emmett Till’s murder outraged the African American community and aided the push for desegregation and equality amongst all Americans regardless of race on a national level. As tragic as his murder was, Emmett Till became an important symbol during the Civil Rights Movement.
People say that Aaron Burr was a villain in the history of the American Revolution. He was wrongly perceived this way because of a smear campaign created by his political enemies. He may have killed Alexander Hamilton, but he made many contributions to the United States, most of which go unnoticed by America’s citizens. People of today have repeated these distortions, making Burr appear as the classic bad guy of American history. In reality, Aaron Burr was a particularly interesting man who faced a great number of challenges throughout his life, but still managed to accomplish many feats; both in the army and his career.
The thirty-seventh president of the United States of America, Richard Milhous Nixon. Many people in the United States have their own opinion on this president. Some would say that President Nixon was a great president who did many things to help his country. Other might call him a crook. President Nixon helped our environment threefold during his presidency. Unfortunately, the majority of U.S. citizens either do not notice or do not care about these changes. Even though Richard Nixon was held responsible for the Watergate Scandal ,he did many things that have a big impact on the environment today. Before he resigned from office, Richard Nixon enacted the Clean Air Act of 1970 and founded the Environmental Protection Agency. Richard Nixon did many other great deeds that benefit the environment that we live in today.
Civil rights helped a lot of people during the rough 1930s-1960s. Many people struggled during this time period. Some people even lost their lives fighting for their rights. Jimmie Lee Jackson stood against segregation and dedicated his life to his rights.
In the modern United States of America, all people of all races are supposed to be treated equally under the eyes of the law. There are no ethnicity separated schools, water fountains are not race specific, and anyone is allowed to sit wherever they want on the bus no matter the color of their skin. However, this is not how America always was. These dramatic changes to our society came about in the mid-nineteenth century during the civil rights movement. This peaceful movement consisted of many famous marches, boycotts, and speeches. The most important element of this movement was the civil rights activists. These people were articulate, strong willed, and empowering leaders that inspired Americans both at the time all the way through today. One man in particular, Malcolm X managed to stand apart from such an impressive crowd. His brilliant public speaking skills lifted people all around the USA to action. Although today he is respected and credited for his work during the time, his alternative methods were not always seen this way.
On the night of February 18, 1965, Jimmie Lee Jackson was accompanied by two of his family members, Viola Jackson, his mother and Cager Lee, his paternal grandfather. They attended Zion’s Chapel Methodist Church in Marion, a town in Alabama, for a peaceful voting rights march. State Trooper James Bonard Fowler shot Jackson twice in the abdomen. The death of Jimmie Lee Jackson impacted the lives of many blacks and changed voting rights.
Imagine you are living in Mississippi in the 1950’s, a time of extreme racism, you are an African American man who has been faced with a choice to stand up for your rights or stay idle and pray for the best. Medgar Evers was born in Decatur to James and Jessie Evers, he was one of four children. He fought in World War II and went to Alcorn state where he was a member of the debate team and choir. Medgar Evers was a brave Civil Rights worker from Mississippi whose life was taken from him prematurely by a reluctant KKK member. When he was murdered the initial shock was tremendous because he was the first state field secretary of the NAACP in Mississippi. Nowadays he has many programs left behind in honor of him dedicated to advancing the social
Racism is something that has infected humans in a negative way for quite some time.The term "racism" is often used in a loose and unreflective way to describe the hostile or negative feelings of one ethnic group or "people" toward another and the actions resulting from such attitudes. But sometimes the strong dislike of one group toward another is expressed with hatred, exclusion or segregation, and extreme brutality. For instance, baseball back in the 1880s was strongly segregated due to white professional baseball players refusing to play with and against non-white players (Santella 3). Since 1947, baseball became segregated because of the famous baseball player, Jackie Robinson.
Medgar Evers’ assassination was unjustified because the man who killed him, Byron De Le Beckwith, was racially motivated and only killed him because Evers was African American. Evers was born at Decauter, Mississippi, on July 2, 1925. Before he became active in the Civil Rights movement, Medgar was an insurance salesman. He also served in the army during the World War II, and became the 1st field secretary for the NAACP in Mississippi(“Medgar Evers Biography” Bio.com. A&E Network). Within the time he was able to partake in the movement towards Civil Rights for blacks, he was crowned the most prominent Civil Rights activist in Mississippi(“Medgar Evers Biography” Bio.com. A&E Network). Being that Mississippi was in the south, that state was
Do you have a hero in your life that you think would never be hated because of only one thing? What would you do if they were black and you lived in 1960’s? Would you still help them? What if this was a kind person who helped so many people to get voting rights but white people didn’t like him doing that. Samuel Leamon Younge Jr just wanted to use a bathroom but there was only one and it was just for white people. Samuel Leamon Younge Jr. was a hero, but he was still killed because he was black.
“Pray not for your mom and pop, they’ve gone to heaven. Pray you can make it through this hell,” the often-forgotten civil rights leader, Reverend George W. Lee said at a conference about racial tensions in the south. Lee was not only a very important person to his community but also the entire civil rights movement in the United States that lasted from 1954-1968. Few documents exist on Lee and his life, so in order to inform people of these, it is necessary to discuss his upbringing, his political activism, and his assassination.
MILLERSBURG — In March 1996, he was 30 years old and had only months before been appointed Holmes County Prosecutor. The murder of Gayle Meggyesy was the third sensational case in which he had encountered in his career. And, now, nearly 30 years later, the case still sticks with Thom White, who has since assumed and descended the bench and moved into private practice.