African Americans And The Civil Rights Movement

1531 WordsOct 15, 20167 Pages
Disenfranchisement, segregation, and oppression still existed in Southern states for African Americans in the 1960, although it has been nearly 100 years since the Emancipation Proclamation. African Americans were still segregated from classrooms, restrooms, theatres, etc. due to “Jim Crow” laws; and in 1954, the “separate but equal” doctrine was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. For hundreds of years African Americans fought for their civil rights, desegregation, and basic human rights. One significant movement in history that was major for the Civil Rights Movement era was the Freedom Rides. This was a fight to end the illegal segregation of travel. African Americans have fought tirelessly for their equal rights, desegregation and racism, and Jim Crow laws; the Freedom Rides of 1961 played a major part in the Civil Rights Movement and were one of the final movements to end segregation with public transportation. Prior to the Freedom Rides of 1961 Martin Luther King Jr. led the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 which last 381 days; a little over a year. Prior to the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1954 the Supreme Court ruled in a very important case that would end segregation in the school system, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. In addition to the Supreme Court ruling African American’s hit several other milestones for example the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. After the Brown decision on December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks refused to
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