What Was The Role Of The Civil Rights Movement In The 20th Century

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Ladies and gentlemen of the committee and its esteemed guests, I would like to thank your for the invitation to open this meeting and set the stage for our discussion today. The last 60 years of the twentieth century was a time of great social and political change in America. These years changed the way Americans looked at their fellow man and perhaps even themselves. The events that took place had a major impact on so many different aspects of this country. Beginning with the 2nd world war, to the Civil Rights Movement, and ending with the confrontation at Wounded Knee. Many people rose up and became important in the continuing fight for civil liberties. World War II began on the first of September 1939 when Germany invaded Poland.…show more content…
It starts with the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education. This case was actually a number of different cases in one. They all pertained to segregation in public schools. The case was taken on by the NAACP and was headed by its Legal Defense Fund, Inc. There were a number of lawyers involved in this case but the two arguing lawyers were Robert L. Carter and Jack Greenberg. On Monday, May 17, 1954 the Supreme Court ruled on the case. They unanimously decided “that in the field of public education the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” This first step of the movement was groundbreaking. It not only set the stage to end discrimination in America but it gave hope to Black people all over the…show more content…
They would protest and if they were met with violence, they would respond with violence. They believed in self-defense. The party was founded by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. They were very militant about the way the operated and they knew the law very well. They knew just how far they could go without breaking it and they used that knowledge in their protests and demonstrations. Their approach was interpreted to be all about violence. They were declared the biggest threat to the security or the country. In reality they had the same goal in mind as the nonviolent movement. This movement was just tired of seeing their people being treated violently when they were demonstrating peacefully. They were tired of their people being sprayed with fire hoses, and beaten with clubs and then being arrested for causing trouble. This time period know as the Civil Rights Movement came to a close with two acts. One was the civil rights act of 1964 and the other was the voting rights act of

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