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"Give me liberty or give me death".-Patrick Henry


Segregation was a difficult time period for many americans, and without the movements of peaceful protesters and the leadership of those who took action against the racially spurred exculsion, there would not be the equality and unity that forged our nation. Leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Lyndon B. Johnson motivated and inspired many people through the speeches they gave. This motivation helped the people stand up for their rights and protest against those who opposed equality.

Segregation caused many African Americans to feel like exiles in their own country. The circumstances that they encountered made these people feel degraded and insignificant. Racially sponsored media encouraged people to hate their fellow Americans. Whites only signs, "Black Ghettos", and designated seating on public transportation are some of the few examples of those actions taken against them. Hateful crimes such as these kept the general populous believing that the colored people were the problems of their society. However, in the words of Lyndon B. Johnson, the "real enemies" are the "poverty, ignorance", and "disease" that plague us, not our fellow Americans.

This time period also obstructed the rights of the African Americans. This was felt as a violation to many people, as it prevented them from voting, the right to the freedom of speech, and the right to protest peacefully. The violence that they were dealt on a daily basis often resulted in serious injury, and sometimes even death. The police brutality that struck out against the peaceful protests was absolutely awful. It took the guidance of people such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and many others like him to make the people realise that viloence wasn't the answer. It took awhile, but while the people strived for freedom risking their lives for it, in the end they achieved a change for the better. "Give me liberty or give me death", said Patrick Henry. Alongside many others, Patrick Henry also stood for the rights of others and himself. The lawful injustice was met with the determination and courage of a strong-willed generation that would shape and change the world we know of today.

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" Speech, August 28, 1968

Lyndon B. Johnson Speech, March 21st, 1965


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