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On the Move for Equality

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Discipline:
Social Studies
Subject:
African-American History
Grade:
8

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On the Move for Equality!(The Civil Rights Movement)

Timeline

Background Info

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He led thousands of peaceful demonstrations and gave many speeches about the needs for equal rights in America. Dr. King patterned his beliefs and teachings after Mahatmas Ghandi, who believed in peaceful protests. Many people chose to pattern their lives and behaviors after the teachings of Dr. King.

1954 Brown vs. Board of Education - Supreme Court rules that school segregation is illegal.1955 Rosa Parks is jailed for refusing to move to the back of a Montgomery, Alabama, bus.1960 Greensboro, NC lunch counter sit-in.1963 Dr. King delivers his famous "I Have a Dream Speech".1964 Congress passes the Civil Rights Acts Bill, making discrimination based on race illegal.1968 Dr. King was assasinated in a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee.

Lasting Impact

Like many other famous African American, Dr. King moved America and the world forward with acceptance and equality. Dr. King devoted his life to making sure we could all live in a free world regardless of our race, gender, or religion. He had the courage to stand up for the rights of all people by leading peaceful demonstrations. Pattering their lives after Dr. King, young African Americans also risked their lives when they stood up for their rights by sitting down. They were risk-takers by walking into the Woolworth department store and peacefully sat down at the lunch counter. These brave acts have opened many doors for African Americans today. Not only can they sit and go any where they choose, they are business owners, politicians, famous doctors and now even the President of the United States!

Lunch Counter Sit-in

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Greensboro, NC lunch counter sit-in was a significant event that happened during the Civil Rights Movement. This movement took place in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1960. Even after many Supreme Court cases overturning segregation, it was still evident that Africans Americans didn’t have equal rights. In 1960, a group of young African Americans college students sat at a segregated lunch counter in a Woolworth’s store to peacefully protest against segregated eating facilities. Even though there were several students who were arrested for disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct, the sit-in made an impact that would last forever and it forced the Woolworth store to change their policies.

The Civil Rights Movement was a time African Americans fought to secure equal access to and opportunities for the basic privileges and rights of U.S. citizenship. Although it can be traced back to the 19th century, the movement was at its height in the 1950s and 1960s. African American men and women, along with whites, organized protests and led demonstrations at national and local levels. They pursued their goals through legal means, negotiations, petitions, and nonviolent protest demonstrations. The civil rights movement influenced many people to stand up for what they believed in an speak up for equality.

Greensboro, NC Lunch Counter Sit-In


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