The Civil Rights Movement Essay

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"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - - Martin Luther King, Jr. The Civil rights Movement helped people realize how powerful their voice can be, which changed America completely. One of those people who had a powerful voice was Martin Luther King, Jr. He was an inspiring and influential leader of the Civil Rights Movement. The quote above is just one of many inspirational comments made by Martin Luther King. The peaceful protests against racism, which this African-American man directed, often got responses of violent threats, beatings, and arrests. King stressed how significant it was that the black community would not stoop down to the…show more content…
Later to become the first African-American Supreme Court Justice in America, Marshall was the man who argued the “separate but equal” was just a myth trying to cover up racism. Even though it is not a single person, the Little Rock Nine was another contributor to discovering equal rights for African-Americans. This group was the first crowd of blacks to attend Central High School, an all-white school in Little Rock, Arkansas. Being in the Deep South, there was an unbelievable amount of racism. However, these African-American teenagers were determined to stay and be given an equal chance at education as whites received. One day when she was walking into school, Elizabeth Eckford, age fifteen, said Though they had to fight through insults and even death threats, several of the Little Rock Nine students proceeded through high school to get their diploma. Nine African-American students faced a racist system and conquered it. On February 1, 1960, four African-American college students, all freshmen, protested at a "whites only" Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina. They insisted to be served and by doing this, they unintentionally built the foundation for a countrywide movement. After the students sat and politely requested service, the manager of the store came out and asked for them to leave. The next day, several other North Carolina Agricultural and Technical black students joined these freshmen and protested. As the days went
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