The Importance Of The Civil Rights Movement

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The Civil Rights Movement in America lasted during the 1950s and 1960s. It was a time in which oppressed African Americans demanded change in society, both socially and legally. Some sacrificed most of what they had in order to make their point clear; they were jailed, assaulted, and even killed by the government that was supposed to protect them. Nonetheless, their protests proved to be powerful because some laws and Supreme Court decisions were in their favor. This includes the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas case ruling, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965; all of which helped put an end to segregation in the country. The 1986 case of Plessy v. Ferguson, legalized segregation in the United States. This meant that establishments were allowed to separate their services and goods based on race, basing their decision on the idea of everyone being “separate but equal”. This sounded harmless in concept, but proved to be harmful to many black people in the country. It was inconvenient for those who had to go out of their way for school, work, transportation, etc. and caused many black kids feel inferior to white kids. These points were used as support in 1954 for Brown v. BOE, where 9-year-old Linda Brown was majorly inconvenienced by how far the closest colored school was. Her father, Oliver Brown, with the help of the NAACP called for an end to segregation in the schools of Topeka. By the time it got to the Supreme Court in October of
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