Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King and the civil Rights Movement

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How would you feel if you were told you can’t sit in the front of the bus or you can’t dine in a certain restaurants because of the color of your skin? The civil rights movement was a movement that held massive numbers of nonviolent protest against racial segregation and discrimination in America especially the southern states during the 1950’s and 60’s. The struggle of African Americans to gain equal rights in America during this time was a major problem. The civil rights movement was not only about stopping racial segregation amongst African Americans but also to challenge the terrible economic, political, and cultural consequences of that time. But with the help of great leaders and organizations in the civil rights…show more content…
King’s SCLC organization allied with other organizations to protest against racial segregation in Birmingham, Alabama. In the city of Birmingham, there were laws that made it legal for segregation. The mayor and police commissioner of Birmingham at that time were segregationist who would treat blacks violently. Also, “the governor of the state George Wallace, won office with promises of segregation forever”. In Birmingham there were several black churches and homes that was bombed, including the homes of SCLC members who campaigned for civil rights. King grew tired of the violent treatment of blacks and he decided to set up headquarters at a motel for him and his organizers to recruit volunteers for protests marches and boycotts through the techniques of nonviolence in Birmingham. The protesting and boycotting began with, marches in the city hall, lunch counter sit ins, stores, etc. and white business owners was losing a significant amount money and some of them decided to desegregate their business and begin hiring blacks. More and more people showed up each day, even though some were placed in jail. The City officials of Birmingham stuck to their segregation laws and acquired a sanction prohibiting the protests and boycotts. King was able to convince his organizers to continue to protest and boycott while violating such sanctions. This

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