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  • Civil Rights Timeline - 529 words
    throughout the nation. In fact, it was required by law in most southern states. In 1952, the Supreme Court heard a number of school-segregation cases, including Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. It decided unanimously in 1954 that segregation was unconstitutional, overthrowing the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson ruling that had set the "separate but equal" the young minister, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The leaders organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which would deprive the bus company of 65% of its income, and cost Dr. King a $500 fine or 386 days in jail. He paid the fine, and eight months later, the Supreme Court decided, based on the school segregation cases, that bus segregation ...
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  • Civil Rights Movement In Education - 944 words
    The Civil Rights movement, during the 1960s and 1970s, created many changes for both American society and its schools. The transformations were the result of such movements as Bilingual Education, womens rights activity, and the passing of the Public Law 94-142 legislation. The incorporation of these new laws and ideas into society all came with their own consequences. Each of them helped, in some way, to lessen the inequality of minority groups in America, like students whose primary language was not English, women, and handicapped children. They also faced opposition by certain groups, who did not feel that their inclusion in American life was necessary. Those fighting for the minorities, ...
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  • Civil Rights - 419 words
    It had been almost one hundred years since the emancipation proclamation but still blacks were not truly free. Civil rights although were laws in the north, were not enforced to any extent of the law. From 1954 to 1972 the civil rights movement took on many changes. From leaders to tactics, the movement changed over and over again. On May 17, 1954 in Topeka Kansas, a court case changed the face of America. Brown vs. the Board of Education overturned the old Supreme Court decision Plessy vs. Ferguson which stated that all public facilities are to be separate but equal. The new decision stated that, separate facilities are inherently unequal. This new decision caused the first integration of p ...
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  • The Civil Rights Cases - 1,074 words
    The Civil Rights Act of 1875 was an effort of the Post-Civil War Congresses to enforce civil rights throughout the United States. It was a part of the Reconstructionists to eliminate racial discrimination throughout the United States and this Act was one form to attempt to accomplish this. They took the authority to pass this Act from Section 5 of the 14th Amendment. They interpreted that section to allow the Congress the power to define as well as enforce the rights established by the 14th Amendment. When the Civil Rights Act of 1875 was tested by the Supreme Court it held that interpretation of the amendment and thus the Act was unconstitutional, and in passing the Act overstepped the powe ...
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  • The Civil Rights Cases - 1,086 words
    ... itutional is if the States are forbidden to legislate on a particular subject, and power is then given to Congress to enforce the prohibition, that gives Congress power to legislate generally on the subject and not merely power to provide modes of atonement against such a State action. This assumption, according to Bradley, is incorrect and is in violation of the 10th Amendment that declares powers not delegated to the federal government, nor prohibited from the States, are reserved to the States or to the people. The law instead applied equally to all states, regardless of their current enforcement and safeguards against individual violations, and steps into the domain of local jurispru ...
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  • The 50s Civil Rights Movment - 940 words
    Returning from WWII, black Americans, just as those three decades prior, expected to find America a land of equality for all people and specifically a land endowed with increased black civil rights. Although the late 1940's and 1950's are not generally considered a period of social advancement for blacks, the decade and a half after World War II ultimately proved to be a very significant chapter in the history of black civil rights and a pivotal stepping stone for the drastic social uproar of the next decade. In 1950, America counted fifteen million black citizens, two thirds of whom still lived lives in the segregated south. Bound by rigid Jim Crow laws, the black view of life appeared blea ...
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  • Bios On Civil Rights Leaders - 534 words
    Bios of Important Civil-Rights Activists He was born on January 15, 1929 at a family home in Atlanta Georgia. King's grandfather was a Baptist preacher. His father was pastor of Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church. King earned his own Bachelor of Divinity degree from Crozier Theological Seminary in 1951, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Boston University in 1955. While at seminary King became acquainted with Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolent social protest. On a trip to India in 1959 King met with followers of Gandhi. During these discussions he became more convinced than ever that nonviolent resistance was the most potent weapon available to oppressed people in their struggle for freedo ...
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  • Civil Rights - 1,017 words
    It all began in 1875 when the beginning of Civil Rights in American Society began to take place. With the end of the Cold war, came the question of inequality. Who had the right to run the country? Who made the rules? Who enforced equality and the right of all people? But in 1883 the climax to the ruling came with the Civil Rights cases. The court struck down the Civil Rights Act of 1875, which had specifically prohibited segregation in public facilities such as hotels, theaters, parks, restaurants and streetcars. Most blacks at this time neither escaped nor tried to overcome the cold white society. They managed to find other ways to their own economic and social improvement. All of this cha ...
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  • Civil Rights Movement - 1,123 words
    Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X were both African American leaders during the 50s and 60s that tried to make things better for other African Americans. Though their views were very different they did a lot of things for their people. Martin Luther King Jr. believed that violence did not help the problem it added to it, but Malcolm X was known for his by any means necessary approach. Martin Luther King Jr. had enormous impact on the desegregation of the United States in the 1960's. He had arguable the largest impact of any civil rights leader of his time. King began his civil rights activities in 1955, when he protested Montgomery's segregated bus system. The protest was started after an ...
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  • In A Black Persons Head During The Civil Rights - 480 words
    It is the year 1960 and We colored folks want equal rights. My name is Jason Davis and I am 25 years old and I work with the NAACP and with the non violent act committee. Here I am marching downtown with 50,000 other blacks. We are not marching to the capitol though. We are walking to the lunch counters downtown that only whites can sit at. My legs are loose and there is butterflies in my stomach. I can tell that the man next to me feels the same way. Lots of white people are staring at us as we walk by. We approach the outskirts of the downtown of Jackson. I can see most people sweating on this hot Mississippi day. I walk by a little hamburger stand and I can smell the aroma of the hamburge ...
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  • Civil Rights - 1,761 words
    The Great Migration took place from 1930 to 1960. During this time many African Americans in the south moved from rural areas into urban settings. One major reason was because of the decline in human labor in the cotton industry. The cotton producers of the south had become more mechanized and did not need as much human labor any more. This forced many blacks to move away from the farm areas and into cities to try and find jobs (McAdam). By 1960 the percentage of blacks living in cities had more than doubled since 1930 to 58% (McAdam). Many blacks also moved into the north seeking employment in cities such as New York, One result of the Great Migration was that now whites and blacks would ha ...
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  • John Locke And Civil Rights Movement - 1,348 words
    John Locke and the Civil Rights Movement Would John Locke, a liberal thinker who advocates resistance to an unjust government, support the civil rights movement of the 1960s? In his Second Treatise, the argument he presents in favor of government resistance suggests that he would support the nonviolent civil disobedience that constituted part of this movement. For, although Locke limits the cases in which resistance is possible, these limitations are not applicable to the civil rights movement. Moreover, he says that two conditions justify resistance to an unjust government. First, if the legislative alters or changes, the citizens have the right to resist the government. Second, if the legi ...
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  • John Locke And Civil Rights Movement - 1,305 words
    ... le presented an example of altering the balance of legislative power in times of conflict. The Governor of Mississippi refused to allow James Meredith to enroll at the University of Mississippi and to integrate this public university, ignoring the orders of President Kennedy. He claimed that the state legislatures, and not the federal government, have control over state universities. In refusing to acknowledge the orders of the President, the Governor of Mississippi altered the legislative in the sense that he placed his office and the state legislature above the chief executive in this conflict. Locke would argue that the governor's claim to power above the orders of the federal governm ...
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  • Black Civil Rights - 611 words
    More than a hundred years ago the Europeans brought slaves to North America. The blacks found themselves in the midst of prejudice whites with no way out. When the blacks came over Jim Crow laws were incorporated. With these laws it was near impossible for blacks to rise in the white world. Booker T. Washington was the first black to rise to any prominence in this time. In the early 1900's blacks however began to fight back. In 1909 black advancement organizations began to increase all over North America. Unfortunately with the rise of these groups also came the rise of racist white groups like the Ku Klux Klan and others brutally killing blacks. All blacks coming into N. America were being ...
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  • The Civil Rights In The 1950's And 60's - 533 words
    (1) Trumans civil rights committee: In 1947 Trumans Civil Rights Committee recommended laws protecting the right of African Americans to vote and banning segregation on railroads and buses. It also called for a federal law punishing lynching. He issued executive orders ending segregation in the armed forces and prohibiting job discrimination in all government agencies. (2) Brown V. the Board of Education (1954): In 1954 the Supreme Court made one of the most important decisions in its long history. It decided in the case of Brown v. Board Of Education of Topeka that it was unconstitutional for states to maintain separate schools for African American and white children. This case over turned ...
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  • Angela Yvonne Davis - A True Civil Rights Activist - 581 words
    gela Yvonne Davis was born January 26, 1944, to B. Frank, a teacher and businessman, and Sally E. Davis, who was also a teacher. Davis was born in Birmingham, Alabama, at a time of great political unrest and racism in the United States. As a child, Davis's parents had many Communist friends and she subsequently joined a Communist youth group. Davis traveled to Germany in 1960, where she spent two years studying at the Frankfurt School under acclaimed teacher Theodor Adorno. From 1963 to 1964, Davis attended the University of Paris. Davis, then returned to the United States and attended Brandeis University, in Waltham, Massachusetts. After earning her B.A. (magna cum laude) in 1965, Davis fle ...
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  • Civil Rights Activists Booker T. Washington And W.e.b. Du Bois - 612 words
    Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois were both civil rights activists, yet one mans solution to the problems faced by African Americans in late-nineteenth-century America, was better than the others. That man was Booker T. Washington. Booker T. Washington was born into slavery where as W.E.B. Du Bois was born a free man. Their different backgrounds created very dissimilar ideas of how the African Americans would achieve full civil liberties and equal rights. Having studied at Hampton Institute in Virginia, Booker T. Washington was motivated to spend his time promoting Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. W.E.B. Du Bois on the other hand, graduated from Fisk University in Tennessee and then beca ...
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  • The Civil Rights Act Of 1991 - 1,177 words
    The constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights were suppose to be enough to guarantee equal rights for all people, however, after the emancipation of slaves the government needed to ensure the equality of the freed people so created the Civil Rights Act of 1866. Since then there has been Civil Rights Acts in 1871, 1957, 1964, 1972, and 1991. Each act reinforces the one before it, and adds one or two new provisions. This repetitive action shows that the only way people pay attention to a civil rights act is if another is brought to light, and remind society that everyone is supposed to be treated equally. The most recent Civil Rights Act of 1991 was a compromise culminating from ...
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  • Civil Rights And Gays In The Military - 578 words
    I am a 7th grader at Manhattan Country School. There are many issues that I am very concerned about. The Dont Ask, Dont Tell policy is one of the most serious. I would like to see changes in this policy. Is discrimination fair? Have we worked all those years in the Civil Rights Movement for discrimination to still exist? The Dont Ask, Dont Tell policy prevents homosexuals from being in the Armed Forces if they are open about their sexual orientation. This means that people who want to help fight for our country do not have the legal means to do this because there is a wall of hatred blocking them. This wall of hatred is discrimination. Is it fair that the only way for them to serve is to lie ...
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  • Civil Rights And African American Life - 1,565 words
    So how did African-Americans get looked down on? Well it was in 1619 when Africans were brought to America as slaves for the white settlement. While slavery was eradicated after the Civil war the racism and segregation side of it still occurred. During the 20th century the fight for equality for African-Americans led to massive civil rights campaigns. While many of you may have heard of Martin Luther King there may have been things that were left out and today I will tell you a little more about the man that America calls their hero. Martin Luther King was born on the 15th January 1929. While he was originally known as Michael Luther King, he later changed his name to Martin. While Martin wa ...
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