Civil Rights Activists What everyone lives in today was affected by the tremendous enactments of our Civil Rights leaders in their dream for equality. Although a century has passed, some matters still have not changed. Who or what individuals were, did not seem to make a difference at the time. Negroes who expresses themselves and mourned for their freedom were constantly castigated, and White sympathizers that shared similar morals would end up with the same fate. Even though time has flown by, some Jim Crow influenced laws are privately left undisturbed till this day (Krieger 2234). Those one hundred years felt like an eternity; until a certain woman decided to sit down and take a stand for what she believed was right.Justice was served. Rosa Parks, a historical hero, revolted against separation. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People bestowed Parks with their highest award for her accomplishments. She was also their secretary; until; 1957, after she was actively involved with the Civil Rights issues. Succeeding her arrest on a segregated transport, this protester started the Montgomery Bus Boycott. If there was a White passenger on their feet a Colored person was required to give up their seat for them. Despite knowing that there were consequences, she still continued to sit even when the driver warned her to get up. She was arrested at the scene after having responded, “I do not think I should have to stand up” (“Rosa Parks” 113). At first, she stated that the reason why she did not give up her seat was because she was physically exhausted, but the actual explanation was because she was exasperated by always capitulating (“Rosa Parks” 113). Rosa experienced a heavy decline like the Great Depression, but her confrontations were a success in desegregating transportation. Another defender of equilibrium has triumphed over discrimination as well. Quiet loudspeakers. Thurgood Marshall disputed for everyone to be emulated. Marshall was the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, but before he was a judge he was a lawyer. This activist was the Director of the Legal Defense and Education Fund for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. One of his most known cases was named the Brown vs. Board of Education. Victory met this lawyer when he rebelled against the idea of divided education, which was under the guise of “separate but equal” (“Marshall, Thurgood” 1). It became unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, and those schools were integrated. All students that were qualified to attend the schools had the approbation to. Although his delineation was incisive, “It was Marshall’s reliance on physiological, sociological, and historical data that presumably sensitized the court to the deleterious effects of institutionalized segregation on the self-image, self- worth, and social progress of African American children” (“Marshall, Thurgood” 1). Unlike how Thurgood just outlined the present and future, Billie Holiday ventilated the past in her music. As dark as night. Billie Holiday was one of the most pronounced American Jazz singers from the 1930’s to the 1950’s. Her intensely moving music engulfed her audience. This musician debuted in 1933 with recordings that included Benny Goodman (“Billie Holiday” 104). Her song titled “Strange Fruit,” embodied the horror of how people were treated in the South. She confines the song in the end with the line, “Here is a strange and bitter cry” (“Billie Holiday” 104). Billie has displayed the past, but people now need to focus on the present.Distant present. Even though the Civil Rights movement has departed, there are still matters that need to be tended to. Some laws influenced by Jim Crow Laws are still enacted and need to be receded (Krieger 1). Anything else that needs to be attained will depend on people of this time. These individuals’ actions will direct this generation towards its future.
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