The Civil Rights Of African Americans

2436 Words May 6th, 2015 10 Pages
The term civil rights is very broad when it comes a definition. It has many different aspects as in to what it can mean, from integration all the way to voting rights of African Americans. My main point is to focus on the Selma Marches from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama, but also to dig deeper in to it to find the significance of a certain day, the day was called “Bloody Sunday.” I want to find out the historical situation behind the marchers who were beat and killed on that day. Racism defined in many different variations and means different things to certain people is the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to the race, which is the same as racial stereotyping. Since the 50s and 60s we as a nation have come so far with racism, but even though we came such a long way, racism is very much in existence in today’s society. Africans Americans fought a very long and arduous fight to get the rights that we have today, from the civil war to voting rights for African Americans. With the civil war being over 100 years ago from the voting rights in the 1960’s, you would think that racism wouldn’t be a factor but yet in fact it was one of main reasons for the way African Americans were treated during that time. African Americans were still facing barriers which either prevented or made it very difficult for them to register to vote. On March 7, 1965 a very famous 5 day, 54 long mile march of about 600 peaceful protestors took…
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