The Civil Rights Movement African Americans have fought for freedom

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The Civil Rights Movement African Americans have fought for freedom from enslavement, the right to owning property, having equal job opportunities, having equal justice, good quality education, escaping from oppression, the right to self pride and an end to stereotyping. Blacks everywhere got fed up with being treated as if they were inferior and slaves, so they banded together to form a movement. Not just any kind of movement, but a movement that would see victories as well as violence and death. That movement was the Civil Rights Movement. The Civil Rights Movement had a major goal, and that goal was to end discrimination based on race, creed, color, and gender, and to put an end to segregation. Its' supporters aimed for equality of all people and for the integration of society. These goals were achieved by many different means. The movement had its share of leaders, events, and strategies that helped to reach its' goals.

There was a fair share of success and failures that accompanied the Civil Rights Movement.

The first event to set the movement in motion was the Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education in May of 1954. The separate but equal doctrine was first established in 1896, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Plessy vs. Ferguson that the separation of races is constitutional as long as equal accommodations were made for each race. However,it was evident that conditions were far from equal and this is what brought upon the Brown case. The ruling in the Brown case overturned the Plessy ruling. It stated that separate educational facilities were unequal and unconstitutional. Schools all over the country then began to integrate their student body. The Supreme Court had ruled that deliberately created segregation would place a psychological inferiority on the black child and that...



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