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