Gaines tackled issues like public education, prison reform and working conditions for newly freed slaves and their families. As a state senator, Mr. Gaines fought for equal rights and treatment for his fellow black Americans. Unfortunately, his passionate speeches and activism was met with death threats and even an indictment in 1871 due to his progressive plans and intentions. He told his audience before being arrested for his civil rights speech, “in the eyes of God, blacks are as good as whites; they should have pride and hold their heads up even in troubled times.” In a world, only a decade removed from the bloodiest war imaginable, Mr. Gaines showed courage and bravery to promote what he knew and felt was right, not only for himself but for future
A Biography of Martin Luther King Jr. "I have a dreamâ€¦" are the famous words stated by Martin Luther King
Dante Figueroa Mrs.Binion La11, Period 1 October 2, 2017 Martin Luther King Jr dedicated his life fighting to end discrimination against African-American men, women, and children. Martin did not believe in violence at all and would use kindness and love as opposed to violence and hate, this would help set the tone of his
The not so Civil Times Segregation was massive and widespread in the 60s and 70s. Why was this? There were plenty of individuals who supported and opposed discrimination. People who furthered the cause, and some who made drastic changes to end it. A big point of perception was specifically against African Americans since their history of slavery, they were discriminated against as a minority, especially in the south. Alabama was a central spot for this occurrence because of their southern history. However, some notable people came together to oppose the segregation amidst this all.
In Spite of the devastating history of segregation in the United States. A lot has changed in the past fifty years since segregation ended. The United States shifted from arresting African Americans for using “white only” facilities to integrated schools all over the country. Influential individuals such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr helped pave the way for African Americans to live as equals to along with their white counterparts in the United States of America.
During the early 1930’s through the mid 1960’s there were many different approaches African American’s took for achieving social changes, and the Civil rights they deserved. Many great African American leader’s such as Martin Luther King Jr, Malcom X, and James Baldwin contributed towards the betterment of blacks living in America. Aside from individual African American leaders there was also groups that fought for black civil rights such as The Black Power Movement, Black Panthers, and Civil Rights Activist. Other events that transpired during this time period had also effected the civil rights movement in America. For instance: The altercation with Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white male ultimately led to The Montgomery Bus boycott protest,
Segregation is not only in schools or on buses but at stores, restaurants, water fountains, just about anything. A man named Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for blacks to have their rights. Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t want to fight with violence he wanted to fight with peace and love. He believed that if blacks took the high road and didn’t fight back it would draw good attention towards the movement. Martin Luther king was arrested during a march and in jail he wrote a letter called “ a letter from a Birmingham jail”. He wrote the letter on toilet paper and it was smuggled from out of the jail. Martin Luther King Jr. was famous for many things like his preachings of love but he was mostly famous for his “ I Have A Dream” speech which was given on the March on Washington for jobs and Freedom. Not all people agreed with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. about non violent protest. People like Malcolm X. Malcolm X believed that black people need to get their rights by “ any means necessary” Malcolm X was a prominent black leader. Like Martin Luther King
In his, letter, Dr. King seemed rather dissatisfied with the local government, particularly the one of Birmingham, Alabama. He openly expressed his desire “to see Mr. Conner [a local official] defeated [in an election]” (79), and even though after the election, Connor was replaced by a man named Boutwell, Dr. King said “While Mr. Boutwell is much more articulate and gentle than Mr. Connor, they are both segregationists, dedicated to the task of maintaining the status quo” (79), describing his continued dissatisfaction with the local government. Though Dr. King disliked the
This exceeded Congress's constitutional authority Board of Education (1954) The Supreme Court held that school segregation was unconstitutional Southern politicians responded with "massive resistance" When a federal judge order two African American students to attend University f Alabama, Governor George Wallace literally block the school entrance from the federal government to let these students into the admissions office
Martin Luther King, Jr. was not the only Civil Rights’ activist. Though, if he had not been assassinated, the Civil Rights Movement would have taken longer to pass.
Due to that success the Montgomery Improvement Association, led by a young minister named Martin Luther King Jr., planned a permanent boycott until their demands were met. They asked for courteous treatment, seating on a first come, first serve basis, and black bus drivers for mostly black bus routes. Businesses and private homes started to feel the effects of the boycott. Whites started to fight back. Blacks were arrested for walking the streets. Dr. King's home was bombed. The boycott lasted eleven months before there were any positive results. The Supreme Court ruled that segregation on Alabama buses was unconstitutional. The boycott was an astounding success and it brought Dr. Martin Luther King to prominence. 1
“Perhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say, "Wait." (King, 1963, para 12). In the letter from Birmingham Jail Martin Luther King described experiences through sensory for many Americans. The effectiveness of his strategy, will later help develop the
On February 22nd, Dr. Andrew Torget presented the topic of segregation to desegregation and Civil Rights. During World War 2 white supremacy was a huge reason for the actions taken. However, after the war there is a movement for Civil Rights. Black soldiers who return to the south are surprised at the affects the Jim Crow Laws have put in place. These soldier went from fighting for their country, to being treated like a threat to the white Americans. As a result the NAACP set the double victory campaign that contradicted the effort of the Jim Crow Laws. To kick start this they brought legal cases to Texas. In 1944 the United States Supreme Court decided that the laws against blacks voting were illegal. However this only applies to Texas, but they used this case to shut down all Jim Crow Laws all over the United States.
Attends Morehouse The five-foot seven-inch tall King was a ladies' man and loved to dance. He was an indifferent student who completed Morehouse with a grade point average of 2.48 on a
The fight for the abolition of slavery was a big battle but the one for racial segregation was a bitter one. “Race should not be a source of power or advantage or disadvantage for anyone in a free society” (Steele, page509). It is quite difficult to understand that America a nation of freedom, liberty and opportunities could have allowed some people to be oppressed. Even in the court of law the injustice persisted. “Negroes have experienced grossly unjust treatment in the courts” (Letter from a Birmingham Jail).