Main Goals Of The Civil Rights Movement

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The African-American Civil Rights Movement began in 1954-1968, although history gives us events of the Civil Rights movement starting from the late 18th century’s. The meaning of civil rights can be meant to mean the protection of minority groups; this includes LBGT, Hispanics, Blacks and even women. The reason for the start of this movement was because of many motives but the main goal of this movement was to end racism and discrimination against African-Americans. Looking back, according to Greg Feldmeth, U.S History Resources, (1998) he claims “that one of many things that triggered this movement was when the 14th Amendment was passed which stated, Constitutional amendment forbids any state from depriving citizens of their rights …show more content…
These groups were important because they paved the way for African Americans to gain equal rights. These groups also gave people that wanted to end racism and injustice a voice to speak up and act. There were also major leader who were prepared to fight for themselves, their families and fellow people rights. One leader was Rosa Parks who refused to give her seat up on a city bus to a white man and she was later arrested for it. In an article I read called Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement by Borgna Brunner (2000) he reports that, “On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks, an African-American seamstress, left work and boarded a bus for home. As the bus became crowded, the bus driver ordered Parks to give up her seat to a white passenger. Montgomery 's buses were segregated, with the seats in the front reserved for "whites only." Blacks had to sit at the back of the bus. But if the bus was crowded and all the "whites only" seats were filled, black people were expected to give up their seats—a black person sitting while a white person stood would never be tolerated in the racist South. Rosa had had enough of such humiliation, and refused to give up her seat.” Rosa Parks stated “I felt I had a right to stay where I was, she said. I wanted this particular driver to know that we were being treated unfairly as individuals and as a people." The bus driver later had her arrested.3 this was the start of Blacks fighting back and challenging inequality. Many other leaders stepped up and became heroes for many still till this day. Some leader was Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman, The Little Rock Nine, Thurgood Marshall, Malcolm X, Madam C.J Walker, E.D Nixon,

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