Civil Rights Essay

1134 WordsFeb 25, 20135 Pages
"I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we've struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people. We've made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions." - Barack Obama. There are still forms of prejudice and racism in America today, and sure, there have been low points in America in reference to equal rights for all, but the Civil Rights Movement and the Women's Rights Movement were pivotal stages that helped shape this country into what it is today. These leaders, events, and pieces of legislation of their respective movements were key in the advancement of America. Martin Luther King Jr. was a key figure during the Civil Rights Movement. He is esteemed as one of the most influential and iconic people for helping African-Americans, and many others, rise from the bottoms of society. In 1955, MLK Jr. led the Montgomery Bus Boycott. This boycott proved to be successful, ending racial segregation on all Montgomery public buses. Doctor King was also among the leaders for organizing the March On Washington, which took place on August 28, 1963. There, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech, which is one of the most famous speeches known to this date. King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. Martin Luther King Jr.'s campaign was very influential because the Civil Rights Acts of 1964, 1965, and 1968 were passed during his era. Mr. King was later assassinated on April 4, 1968. He has also been honored with his own special day of the year, which only adds to his legacy. Much like Martin Luther King Jr., there is also another figure that was successful in her fight for equality. Susan B. Anthony can be credited with starting the first wave of feminism. She was the face of the Women's Rights

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