The Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement

This is an essay about the Civil Rights Movement in the USA. It is only a useful resource for people who haven't done the controlled assessment yet, but other people can read it if they are interested :D

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Year 11 Independent Enquiry
Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement
1903 marked the year that man first built a plane. Just over 10 years later,
planes were adapted into killing machines that dropped bombs over the
trenches in World War 1. In 1939, planes were adapted into long range mass
murderers. Towns and cities all over the world were bombed and millions of
people died. By the end of the century, planes were built so that they could
carry nuclear bombs that could destroy entire cities. The example of the plane
shows how mankind changes something good into something bad in such a
short amount of time. Racial discrimination towards black people in the USA in
the 1950's, 60's and 70's is another example of how, once man has a negative
view on something, they will spread their view like wildfire into something
terrible. The racism that black people suffered seemed to get worse as time
progressed. That was until the civil rights movement was introduced, and now
it was a positive idea that was starting to spread, not necessarily like wildfire,
but spread none the least.
The civil rights movement is arguably the best example of the defiance that
people can have. There were so many acts of great courage that occurred
leading up to, during and after the civil rights movement in America. There
were numerous incidents that may not have seemed very defiant but, over
time, symbolise the courage that black people had in America in the 1950's,
60's and 70's.
The main incident that sparked off the discriminatory revolt was that of Rosa
Parks in 1955. Rosa was a black woman who, tired after a long day at work,
refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. She was arrested and
fined. On the day of her trial, local black rights organisations held a boycott of
the buses. The boycott was extended and the leaders of the organisations
now had a very big demand: that the buses became desegregated. Over a
year after Rosa Parks was arrested and the boycott started, local authorities
gave in to the black organisation's demand and the buses in Montgomery
were desegregated. This event was broadcast all over the world as a day of
triumph for the black community. Little did anyone know that the movement
had only just begun.

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The courage that Rosa Parks showed in a time of such bad racial discrimination
set a `trend' for all black people to follow. Soon after the incident in
Montgomery, black people were protesting all over America. There were
many protests known as `sit-ins'. This was when a group or single person
(usually students) would literally sit in a place, such as a bar counter or cinema,
and not move.…read more

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Then, the civil rights act was introduced by president kennedy, who was
assassinated the following year. The civil rights act prohibited discrimination in
restaurants and bars and marked a big improvemen in the rights of black
But it wasn't all plain sailing in the years to follow. On
the 4th April 1968, Martin luther king was assassinated
on his motel balcony. His death sparked riots in over
100 cities in America and thousands of people
attended his funeral.…read more

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United States. It is amazing that a black person is now president after the
long struggle for civil rights. A black person to be president will have been a
dream for people like Martin Luther King and it clearly shows that the Civil
Rights movement has shaped modern day America in a positive way for African
Americans.…read more

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