The Civil Rights Movement : Martin Luther King Jr. Essay

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“We know that through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed” (King). Martin Luther King Jr. was the origin of the Civil Rights movement. The protests by King and many others route to the establishments of the Civil Rights Act in 1964. America was very diverse during this time period; The South was known for low class and segregation. The North was known more for higher class, and less segregation. Through several Supreme Court rulings, and affirmative action policies in schools, it can be seen that great strides have been taken in terms of race relations relative to the time period that Jem and Scout Finch grew up in. The 14th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States declares all Americans have equal safety and rights under the law, this was supposed to include Blacks but did not. School Segregation was a tremendous issue in America, the black school was not equal to the white school. In the movie, Separate But Equal, Reverend De Laine asked the Superintendent if they could have a few buses so the students could get to and from school easier and safer.
The whites had many buses they could have spared, but repelled. The students of the black neighborhood wanted to have equal rights, or the same rights as the white students. Supreme Court came to the conclusion that if people judge by race, but not by rights it was constitutional.

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