The Civil Rights Of The United States Essay

818 Words Feb 19th, 2016 4 Pages
Civil rights are defined as personal liberties that belong to an individual, as he or she are a citizen or resident of a particular country or community, such as the United States. The common legal application of this term, civil rights, involves the rights guaranteed to U.S. citizen residents by legislation of the Constitution. Civil rights protected by the Constitution include Freedom of Speech and freedom from certain types of discrimination. An individual 's personal choices are protected by the freedoms to to express himself or herself, but the civil rights legislation comes into play when the practice of personal preferences and prejudices of an individual or group of individuals interferes with the protected rights of others. The various civil rights laws have made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, handicap, or nationality. Discrimination that interferes with voting rights and equality of opportunity in education, employment, and housing is considered to be unlawful. The movie, Selma, is taken place in 1965, after the end of segregation. Martin Luther King received the Nobel Peace Prize after the church bombing, which happened before him receiving the prize, claimed five little girls’ lives. King then met with President Johnson, and demanded that he should act upon black people’s right to vote. Dr. King then goes to Selma, Alabama where blacks were more than fifty percent of the population but they were restricted from…

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