African American Equality

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The experience of African American throughout history in the United States has not been an easy-going and enjoyable one. The early experience of African Americans was that of slavery. In 1857, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court declared that a black man did not have any rights that a white man had to respect. During times of enslavement, black men and women were separated from their families and sold. Many slaves began to run away to the North and even Canada via the Underground Railroad. Many brave African American slaves risked their lives to help aid others’ escapes. It was not until ten years later that the 14th Amendment was passed in an effort to create equality amongst all men. This amendment did not immediately create equality,…show more content…
This legislation promoted “separate but equal” and was responsible for the segregation of blacks and whites. The Jim Crow Laws were a way to take the citizenship and freedom of African Americans and alter these privileges to the liking of Southern whites. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) started as group of 60 white and black activists in Springfield, IL. This organization was the foundation along with very strong African American Individuals in the fight that helped end the Jim Crow legislation and help bring equality to African Americans. The NAACP went to court against the all-white primary, higher education segregation, and segregated travel in buses. The NAACP won all three cases. The organization was a strong support system and guide for the Brown Vs. Board of Education case and three others that argued the segregation of schools was a violation of the 14th Amendment. The Supreme Court ruled that it was “separate and unequal.” This ruling marked the end of the Jim Crow Laws (The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow,…show more content…
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