Fighting For Our Rights By Toni Morrison

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Fighting for our Rights Fighting for rights has always been a problem all over the world. During the Civil War African Americans struggled with equality the most. Frustrated, people such as Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, Andrew Goodman, and many more decide to stand up for what they believe in and make a change. The goal was to achieve civil rights equal to those of whites, including equal opportunity in employment, housing, and education, as well as the right to vote, the right of equal access to public facilities, and the right to be free of racial discrimination. African Americans were forced to work for whites in very harsh living conditions as slaves. Books such as “Beloved” by Toni Morrison, shows the life of a slave. The…show more content…
Starting with a doctorate degree in theology and in 1955 helped organized the first major protest of the African-American civil rights movement. On August 28,1963, he decided to stand up and say what he believes in. He began his speech with thanking everyone for coming to listen to him. Hes has a dream of equality. “But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we 've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.” (Martin Luther King Jr). Those first two paragraphs were just the beginning of a powerful speech spoken to a massive group of civil rights marchers at the Lincoln memorial in Washington DC.In 1963, due to a protest in Birmingham, Alabama, King was sent to jail. He was arrested and sent to prison because he and others were protesting the treatment of blacks. A court order was held saying that Martin could not hold a protest in Birmingham. Sadly, on April 4, 1968, Mr. King was shot at the age of 39. He was standing on a balcony outside of his second-story room at his motel in Tennessee and was was fatally shot. He was struck in the jaw and
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