African-Americans Working To End Segregation. Essay

1058 WordsOct 17, 20115 Pages
The topic that I have chosen is how African-Americans worked to end segregation, discrimination, and isolation to attain equality and civil rights. Even since they were slaves, African Americans have come a long way to get to where they are today. Some even hold political offices, manage large corporations, and have every right that is available to any other citizen. But, it’s never always been like this. African Americans were treated unjustly and went through things that most of today’s generation cannot comprehend. Throughout generations African Americans have had so many struggles. Some of which being unnecessary ones. Including the fact that they had to witness their parents die, men saw their moms and wives raped, kids were killed and beaten, African-Americans had no voice, rights, or much know how. When they first arrived to the United States, African Americans were sold into slavery and family members were auctioned off and taken by one set of slave owners. On top of slavery and unnecessary struggles, African Americans faced unbearable punishments. People were sprayed with water hoses, beaten by police, attacked by dogs, arrested and murdered. Some important people that helped to end segregation included Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. They are just two of the most contributing factors that helped to end segregation and discrimination against African-Americans. On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks who is known as the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement” refused to give up her seat on a public bus to a white passenger. At the time she was secretary of the Montgomery NAACP chapter and had recently returned from a meeting at the Highlander Center in Tennessee, where nonviolent civil disobedience as a strategy had been discussed. She was then arrested, tried, and convicted for disorderly conduct and violating a local ordinance. When word got around to the

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