The Civil Rights Movement Essay

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African Americans were considered to be unworthy to be associated with whites, they struggled to fight laws of segregation for years and years to finally be thought of as equals. They fought to earn their civil rights which is where the movement got its name from. There are many names that stand out when you think of the Civil Rights Movement, for example, Martin Luther King Jr. who lead a march to Washington and gave the famous “I have a Dream” speech, and there is also Rosa Parks who refused to sit in the back of the bus and render her seat to a white person. They are all interconnected in one way or another, with each of their actions and teachings influencing each other, and finally after a great deal of years they reached equality and …show more content…
Martin Luther King Jr. entered the Civil Rights Movement when he was asking to lead the MIA which was set up by other ministers because the NAACP was weak in Alabama. He led the Montgomery Bus Boycott and was arrested many times, but he never stopped to push on and the law was finally passed that segregation on the buses was unconstitutional. He later, along with other African American leaders, joined the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to fight against the oppression of the Jim Crow Laws. It was in 1963 when he led the march to Birmingham, Alabama and was met by local police who administered a great deal of violence. Martin Luther King Jr. urged his followers to met their violence with non-violence and his non-violent tactics is what helped lead to the end of the Jim Crow Laws which allowed African Americans to have equal rights as the white citizens in the state of Alabama. Also in 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. along with 200,000 blacks and whites started a march to Washington for jobs and freedom. It was there in Washington were he gave his “I have a Dream” speech which influenced the United States populations view on segregation and for his speech he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non-violent means on October 14th, 1954 becoming the youngest recipient.

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