Black Culture And The Civil Rights Movement Essay

823 Words Feb 29th, 2016 4 Pages
The first descendants of black people experienced much hardship. Thousands of Africans were taken from their homeland, bound in chains, suffered through deplorable conditions as they traveled on a ship and were forced to work 12 hours a day, everyday until the day they died. Once slavery ended in 1865, black people had the opportunity to create a life for themselves. Slavery had ended, but the struggles of being black were far from finished. Despite the tremendous adversity faced from the end of slavery to the climax of the civil rights movement, black people continued to progress in society and fought for many of the rights held today by black people. Over the last 50 years a massive shift in the placement of black people in our country has taken place. Since the climax of the civil rights movement in 1965 black culture has evolved immensely. Institutions created to advance black people in America cultivated a sense of pride and belonging which provided a foundation for them to express themselves and redefine blackness in America. Today black culture is prevalent in every mainstream outlet, especially through clothing and music. Black people began climbing a seemingly never-ending ladder when they established the first historically black college and university (HBCU) in 1809 and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909, which was created, "to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of…

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