The Role Of African Americans In The Civil Rights Movement

2820 Words12 Pages
The African American Fight for Civil Rights As humans, from birth to maturity we begin to experience new obstacles, share new feelings, and learn from mistakes we’ve made. As a country, the United States might be seen similarly. The history of the United States has shared its ups and downs like any human, after all, we, the people, are what makes up this great country. Just as it may be difficult to share something dear to us, we eventually figure out that certain outlooks in life bring a better outcome and future. This was the case after the Civil War in 1865 when the United States searched to reconstruct and modify itself in many aspects. One of the major and most significant social and cultural outlooks after the Civil War left its mark…show more content…
During the era of Grand Expectations people like Rosa Parks come to mind. At the time, city regulation stated that African Americans had to give up their seats on trains or busses if any white man asked for them. Most notable for refusing to give up her seat and not moving to the back of the bus, Rosa Parks “was arrested and convicted of violating the laws of segregation… and thus formally challenged the legality of segregation” (The Henry Ford, 2002). Initiations of boycotts of the bus systems began, and in Montgomery, where Rosa Parks ride took place, African Americans made up about 75 percent of the riders, thus showing an economic threat to the company and the white rule of the city (The Henry Ford, 2002). Above all, you can’t forget the impact, hard work, leadership and courageous acts of Martin Luther King, Jr. Like Rosa Parks, he became an iconic person of this era who with peaceful protests and encouraging words became a notable leader in the fight for equal rights. Martin Luther King, Jr. “spoke with charismatic conviction and was willing to sacrifice his own freedom for the cause” (The Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King, Par. 1). He also helped in the bus boycotts which eventually ended in 1956, where the Supreme Court ruled that bus segregation laws were unconstitutional. Other notable people of this movement were the 4 African American students from the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College who, after being refused service at a coffee shop, began peaceful and nonviolent sit-ins. These were protests that spread quickly, held in discriminatory establishments. This was a time where African Americans began to come together and fought for equal rights, and a second emancipation came after President Kennedy’s
Open Document