Racial Discrimination

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Once slaves were free and blacks were progressing in America, the mid 20th century demonstrated an era of racial injustice, launching a series of events known as the Civil Rights Movement, and expansion of debates that successfully rendered any form of racial segregation as illegal. The 50s and 60s proved to be a crucial changing moment for African Americans that involved racial injustice and inequality. Of the many events, Brown v. Board of Education overturned the Plessy v. Ferguson case that deemed unconstitutional the “separate but equal” ruling by the Supreme Court. This court case was one of many notable instances in American history that reflected the idea of social equality. The tracing back of the Civil Rights Movement was rooted in local and smaller activism, such as Ella Baker, who began organizing and empowering local communities by raising the concerns of civil rights injustice in the South. Ella Baker wrote in Developing Community Leadership, “I have always felt it was handicap for oppressed peoples to depend so largely upon a leader, because… the charismatic leader usually becomes a leader... in the public limelight”, which expresses the concern that those who endure inequality may always face inequality, injustice, and prejudicism if they don’t take the situation into their own hands (304). However, many activists such as Martin Luther King Jr. who spent his entire career dedicated to racial justice will go to extremes for the cause. As expressed by Martin

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