Rosa Parks And The Civil Rights Movement

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Kristen Jackso
January 21, 2016

Power has been used in the past to manipulate a specific law or set of laws. There are many cases from American History that has influenced the law. One of the most important movements I believe that has the most effect not only on the law, but Americans as well is the Civil Rights Movement. The Civil Rights in the United States is a movement of African Americans. The mission of the Civil Rights Movement was to gain equal rights. Because of our skin color, we did not have the same rights and privileges that white people had. Black people felt mistreated, and they wanted equal rights. Therefore, the colored people started a fight against the social systems and public authorities that had taken these rights away. To begin with, one of the most courageous, remarkable women to ever make history was Rosa Parks. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus. This is a form of social threat because she disobeyed the law, and she used her behavior to gain power. Back then, the law required Black Americans to give up their seats to the white people. According to Ronald L. Akers and Christene S. Sellers, social control “consists of a normative system with rules about the way people should and should not behave and a system of formal and informal mechanisms used to control deviation from, and promote conformity to, these rules.” An example of social control is the white people had the privilege to sit in the front of the bus while
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