The Civil Rights Movement

There are many historic and documented causes of the civil rights movement. In an effort to raise awareness and gain rights for blacks, key events took place in the early 1860’s and a modern era during the 1950’s. Post civil war, blacks gained the right to vote but were often separated from whites in restaurants and such. Modern day causes were led by Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. Dr King spoke out to all about the hardships and dreams he wished to accomplish as a black man. He hoped that someday blacks would be considered equal to the white man. While these individuals were often victimized and thrown in jail, their words were heard by many and were very influential.

Blacks gained a lot from the civil rights movements. They could own land and weren’t allowed to be discriminated against. Executive order was established to level the playing field for Blacks in the workplace. Prior to this order, Blacks would be paid significantly less than Whites or rules would be placed for businesses to rule out Blacks in the hiring process.

Political impacts of civil rights movements gave blacks the right to vote. With this, Blacks were also had a pass strict and harsh tests to be able to vote. When white men would see Blacks voting they would threaten to kill them. The voting tests were nearly impossible for Blacks because they weren’t as highly educated as Whites. The tests were made super hard to try and discourage Blacks from voting.

With the help of courageous people like Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Malcom X, and many others, Blacks were relieved of hardship during the civil rights movement. While Blacks are still the subject of much racism and criticism today, we have came a long way in the fight. Throughout the struggle, Blacks have gained a lot of opportunity. Social, economic, and political impacts have helped to shape a prosperous future for Blacks. It is my hope that we will only continue to combat this racism and be seen equal in the eyes of all individuals.

Hall, Simon. (2007). Civil Rights Activism in 1960s Virginia. Journal of Black Studies, Vol. 38(2), pp. 251-267.

Dougherty, Jack. (1998). “That’s When We Were Marching for Jobs”: Black Teachers and the Early Civil Rights Movement in Milwaukee. History of Education Quarterly, Vol. 38(2), pp. 121-141.


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