Everybody is the Same


When I hear the words Civil Rights I think of people arguing about who is a higher authority, how somebody is wrong, and I think of Martin Luther King Jr. There are many things that come to mind but that is what pops up first. It’s sad that arguing is one of the first things some people, including me, think of when a Civil Rights topic comes up.

One case that is popular in this era is the Brown vs. Board of Education. The court prohibited the racial segregation in public schools, thus creating the Little Rock Nine. Little Rock Nine was nine African Americans going to Central High School along with white teens. It did create more of an uproar with the community in Arkansas since the south was already against the thought of interracial interactions.

Women also played a huge role for the Civil Rights movements because they needed to change the fact that they weren’t being treated that same as men, examples being paid less, not offered the same jobs, and being forced to be at home and cleaning all day. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons was a member of the SNCC- Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee- who fought for gender equality even though she faced many difficulties during this time. One difficulty she stated was that she had to fight to get the necessary resources to have a reason to fight the gender equality. She also told how girls had to fight to get a car since guys would automatically get dibs on any car od leadership role they wanted.

Overall without the activists to fight for Civil Rights, the world would not be what it is today. Even though we still have issues with gender equality the world isn’t as split up as it was before all the fighting Brown, Gwendolyn along with many other activists that helped change the world. I am glad that we still have the chance to tell the world how we feel but also so we don’t have to do it so often.

 

“Women in the Civil Rights Movement – Civil Rights History Project.” The Library of Congress, http://www.loc.gov/collections/civil-rights-history-project/articles-and-essays/women-in-the-civil-rights-movement/.

History.com Staff. “Brown v. Board of Education.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 2009, http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/brown-v-board-of-education-of-topeka

14 thoughts on “Everybody is the Same

  1. I like the point you made at the beginning, and I agree that it is sad that these fights, argues, and riots are the first thing many people remember when discussing civil rights. I think it is important to remember all the work and the lives lost in this fight to get to the equal rights we have today, but still a lot of work is yet to be done. I agree that Brown v. Board of Education was a important case during this time, and ultimately started interracial schools and other public places, and was an important step forward in the fight for equality.

  2. I agree that without the activists who fought for Civil Rights, the world would not be what it is today. I can’t Imagine living in a time period where everyone wasn’t treated as an equal.

      1. I so agree! Without the civil right activists, the world would be so different today without those people. I can’t imagine living in a time where everyone wasn’t treated the same. I can’t imagine what these people had to go through in this time era.

  3. Women did play a huge role for the Civil Rights Movement, from leading local civil rights organizations to serving as lawyers on school segregation lawsuits. Their efforts to lead the movement were often overshadowed by men, who still get more attention and credit for its successes in popular historical narratives and commemorations. Over 50 women who came from a wide range of backgrounds and were involved in the movement. Their stories deepen our understanding of the movement as a whole, and provided us with concrete examples of how vital they were to the gains of the Civil Rights Movement.

      1. I agree that the women’s role in the movement should be talked about more. It was a chance for women to stand up for what they believe in and what they want to be changed.

  4. I personally think the harassment circling the Little Rock Nine is one of the saddest events in American history. The vulgarity used against innocent children is simply appalling, regardless of skin color. I would be exceptionally embarrassed to find out I am related to one of the individuals who went out of their way to insight violence against these children.

    1. I agree. It really shows the difference between having the right and having the ability. Those students had permission and were supposed to go to that school and yet people were irate and there were even guards to keep them out that first day. The Freedom Rides also struck me as terrible. The one officer said that they deserved it because they knew they were starting trouble. But the fact of the matter was that they had the right to be on that bus and it shouldn’t have been a problem. There were so many appalling moments that were mentioned in this chapter.

  5. I agree that women played a huge role back then in the Civil Rights Movement. They just wanted to be treated fairly and to be able to get what ever job they wanted to get. But, back then women were viewed as weak and not equal to men. We have come a long way and women can do what ever they put their mind to.

  6. I like how you said that the world would not be what it is now without civil rights activists. It takes a lot of courage and passion to fight for what you believe in, and these people, including Martin Luther King Jr for racial equality and Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons for gender equality, put in so much effort that thankfully paid off.

  7. I agree with your view on women’s rights. They saw they were treated differently then the men and wanted to gain the same rights as the men that they deserved. Without them fighting for these rights who knows where they would be today.

  8. I am so glad that women finally fought for the rights that they deserved! There are still things in today’s world such as the wage gap where women are paid significantly less than men for doing the same work or even better work in that matter. They just like African Americans fought for what they deserved and I am glad we made it this far today.

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