Civil Rights Movement Essay

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Pedro Morris Mr. Morningstar American History 18 May 2015 The Civil Rights Movement Historically, the Civil Rights Movement was a time during the 1950’s and 60’s and even the 70’s to eliminate segregation and gain equal rights among society. Looking back on all the events, and dynamic figures it produced, this description is very vague. In order to fully understand the Civil Rights Movement, a person would have to go back to its origins. Most people believe that Rosa Parks began the whole Civil Rights Movement. However, she did, in fact, propel the Civil Rights Movement to unprecedented heights. On the contrary, its origins began in 1954 with Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. Brown vs. Board of Education was the cornerstone for change in American History as a whole. Even before our nation birthed the controversial ruling on May 17, 1954 that stated separate educational facilities were fundamentally unequal, there was Plessy vs. Ferguson in 1896 that argued by declaring that state laws establish separate public schools for African American and Caucasian American students would not allow African American children the same educational opportunities. Some may argue that Plessy vs. Ferguson was in fact the backdrop for the Civil Rights Movement, but many would disagree. Plessy vs. Ferguson was ahead of its time so to speak. “Separate but equal” thinking remained the body of teachings in America until it was later refuted by Brown vs. Board of Education. In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, and prompted The Montgomery Bus Boycott, which was led by one of the most pivotal leaders of the American Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King Jr. After the gruesome death of Emmett Till in 1955 in which the main suspects were acquitted of beating, shooting, and throwing the fourteen-year-old African American boy in the

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