African Americans ' Fight For Liberation

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Strong. Determined. Beautiful. These are words that have been used to describe a race that through trial and tribulation has never faltered in their struggle for justice in an unjust world. African Americans ' fight for liberation in the early to mid-1900s has paid off in many ways, but it is their tenacious efforts in acquiring equality that has given them such acclamation. While it is clear that America’s history of African American oppression is explicitly cruel and barbaric, I argue that the aftermath of such a grim past has helped to affirm a culturally rich, strong, and resilient race. Through abuse, prejudice, and death, African Americans have remained strong by becoming united in times of duress, never losing hope in a better …show more content…
While their familial connections were very important, the black community also maintained a rich tradition of arts and handicrafts, making quilts that reflected African, European, and American influences. One of the greatest achievements for blacks during this time was the creation of autonomous black churches. Being the first institution under complete African American control, the church and its ministers played a central role in the black community. The black church gave African Americans a sense of belonging and established a more stable foundation for their religious beliefs. Before emancipation, slaves generally attended churches that had biracial congregations controlled by white Americans. Many of these churches required black people to sit in the back to listen to the sermon (Foner and Mahoney, "America 's Reconstruction"). Education also played a central role in the foundation of the black community. Denied under slavery, getting an education was essential to the African American understanding of freedom. Northern societies, the Freedmen 's Bureau, and, after 1868, state governments, defrayed the cost of black education. While the monetary support was greatly needed, the intrinsic motivation of the black community—purchasing land, constructing buildings, and raising money to hire teachers—prompted the development of the black education system. Parents ' desire to
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