Civil Rights Movement Essay

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The Civil Rights Movement happened during the 1950’s and 1960’s to abolish segregation and increase equal rights. Just sit back and think on all the events, and vigorous figures it produced, the description is very elusive. To truly appreciate the Civil Rights Movement, you have to look back on its foundation. It is believed by many people that Rosa Parks originated the entire civil rights movement. Rosa Parks in fact did push the Civil Rights Movement to extraordinary heights, but the foundation began with Board of Education of Topeka vs. Brown. The Civil Rights Movement gave praise to many great leaders. Even though it took several leaders to make this possible, it was geared toward African Americans because they made it possible for women to have rights and there were several different leaders that paid the way for African Americans. The Civil Rights Movement produced social change that resulted in organized events that staged all over the South by groups dedicated to eliminating segregation, and allowing African American people opportunity to fulfill the American dream. One of the most important leaders during this time frame was Martin Luther King Jr; and the most important event that took place during the movement was the fight to gain equality in voting rights for blacks, that escalated in Selma, Alabama. One reason why Martin Luther King Jr. was a very important figure during this time was his ability to not only influence black people, but also people in positions of power including President Kennedy and President Johnson. While fighting for the civil rights during the small time frame he managed to get the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act passed; schools, busses, and lunch counters became desegregated; and the EEOC (Equal Opportunity Commission) was formed. Many to this day still do not understand why Martin Luther King Jr. visited Memphis. The

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