Essay about The Civil Rights Movement : Abraham Lincoln

1438 Words Oct 8th, 2014 6 Pages
Kohlton Shields
Mrs. Blomme
Honors 1
2 October 2014
The Civil Rights Movement Abraham Lincoln. Jim Crow. Rosa Parks. Martin Luther King Jr. Rodney King. OJ Simpson. Jesse Jackson. Al Sharpton. Trayvon Martin. Michael Brown. All these names have something in common. They all played an important role in race-related events -some by choice, others not- in the American civil rights movement. In history, there have been many great rebellions. Few have had as great of an impact as the rebellion against racism. Racism has always been a part of history. From slavery to the Civil War, and from the Jim Crow Laws to the race riots in Los Angeles, racism has been an ugly part of American history. As recently as two months ago, race relations were dominating national headlines due to clashes in Ferguson, MO between black citizens and white police officers. The main ideas will be The Jim Crow Laws, Rosa Parks’ courageousness, and the accomplishments of Martin Luther King, and his tragic death.
From the late 1870s, Southern state legislators passed laws requiring the separation of whites from “persons of color” in public transportation and schools. This set of laws was known as the Jim Crow Laws. The laws started to extend to parks, cemeteries, theatres, and restaurants in an effort to prevent any contact between blacks and whites as equals. The United States Supreme Court claimed that colored people and whites were supposed to be “Separated but equal.” (The Editors of Encyclopedia…

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