The Importance Of The Civil Rights Movement

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Katelynn Douget 10-9-17 HIST 2057-01 The Importance of the Civil Rights Movement This essay will argue that though racism is still ongoing, the Civil Rights Movement was a vital step forward to provide racial equality in America. The Civil Rights Movement did not just happen over a course of days or months, its process took nearly a century. It has never fully stopped racism, but it has definitely made the United States a more equal nation through laws. There were several events as well as tragedies that took place during that time. Some major events were the ratification of the 14th and 15th Amendments, the Brown v. Board of Education case, and the Civil Rights Act. The actions taken during that time made a difference in…show more content…
The Brown v. Board of Education case changed public schools for the better. The case stated that separate schools for race were unconstitutional. It all started when a school in Virginia went on strike because of the overcrowding and unequal conditions in the school. “Brown was regarded as a direct challenge to regional customs, traditions, and ways of life and thus provoked a massive reaction.” This is why it was such a challenge to win the case. No one wanted to change the way they were living for years. The case allowed blacks and whites to attend the same schools and gave African American students the opportunity to have the same quality education and schools as the white students. “In the 1948-49 school year, the average investment per pupil in Atlanta public school facilities was $228.05 for blacks, $570 for whites”. That goes to show that the school conditions for blacks was unfair compared to the whites. Also the average number of blacks per classroom was well over the average number of whites in a classroom. Because of the Brown v. Board of Education case, African Americans no longer had harsh conditions to be in at school and did not have to share one classroom amongst several grades in a crammed room. The Civil Rights Act took place in 1964. The Act abolished discrimination in all public places. The Act made it possible for whites and blacks to eat in the same restaurant and took away
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