Being a minority during the Civil Rights movement was not easy. This era had violence, discrimination among races, no one was equal. Many segregated each individual, blacks especially had the worst time through this era. Many outraged in this movement throughout the 50s to 70s. Change needed to happen and the minorities were not going to stop until they found justice.
Mainly, in the South we saw the social movements occur. African Americans were not allowed to be in the same place as a White American. African Americans saw this as unconstitutional. They thrashed out to make a change. A 14, year old boy was brutally murdered for whistling at a white young woman. Sit-ins led to a huge movement leading to the Civil Rights Act in 1964, of discrimination of whites being able to sanction out the minorities. They also helped the voting rights of non-white Americans. Rosa parks, was another African American woman who wouldn’t give her seat up while riding the bus in the “colored section”. This lead to a huge movement that other African Americans held strike to wanting to be equal. Martin Luther King J.R. was another African American man leading people to non violent protests that made a huge impact in the Civil Rights movement. He lead the “March on Washington” leading up the his very famous speech protesting equality “I Have A Dream” speech. He later was to receive the Nobel peace prize for leading such an amazing act in history. Africans Americans had it the worst, having sections specifically for them. Bathrooms, to buses, to education. They were totally considered different from white Americans, that they were not treated equally or allowed in the same place as a white American.
Were women that different from men? White American women were not equal as men. As the women’s suffrage and women’s rights it continued in the Civil Rights movement as well. Women had fought to be as equal as men. They were only allowed to work as teachers or secretaries. The were not allowed to be in any high power such as political, doctors or even a lawyer. Women had roles they had to follow. They had a duty to serve as a house wife, to cook, care for the children, make the beds. They were only allowed to work in certain jobs. Men were seen as higher and more important than women.
LGBT were seen as minorities. This lead to many protests, marches and outrages. During he Civil Rights movement, LGBT were to be unheard of or hidden away. They were pushed aside, and nothing should be heard of such acts.
The Civil Rights act movement helped create a new world for the future of minorities. I couldn’t imagine living in this era and throughout these decades. The struggle was real, and people had to stand up for what was right for each individual. Today, we have equal rights as we share the same things restaurants, restrooms, and buses. We travel beside all ethnicities on a daily basis. We have learned to grow with each other and except one another.