Civil Rights Project By: Zakar Bayindiryan

There are still many Civil Rights issues affecting the world today such as blacks not graduating at the same rates as whites in College and High School. According to Hechinger Report the difference in graduation rates between blacks and whites is 14%. This is a very staggering differential and it shouldn’t be happening in the 21st Century because of all the steps that have been taken to gain Civil Rights for blacks. According to the definition of Civil Rights is, “the rights to full legal, social, and economic equality extended to blacks.” This definition clearly shows that the huge gap between white and black graduation rates is a violation of Civil Rights. This is why the issue of graduation rates between blacks and whites is a huge violation in Civil Rights and needs to be addressed and.

African-Americans during the Civil Rights era and Reconstruction era where still graduating at much lower rates than whites. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Historical Statistics of the United States, Current Population Report of College Graduation it shows that during the 1940’s blacks graduated in College at 1% compared to whites 6% during the same years. This clearly, was still in fact still a very big issue during the pre-Civil Rights era and the difference in graduation rates was even more in the 1940’s. According to the same source but for High School graduation rates blacks graduated during the 1940’s at approximately 8% compared to whites High School graduation rate of approximately 23%. Looking back on this time period most people didn’t care that blacks weren’t graduating at nearly the same rate as whites. However, today looking back after the Civil Rights movement it was outrageous that blacks weren’t receiving the same education opportunities as whites. This is an unacceptable violation of Civil Rights and people shouldn’t be kept out of getting the same education just because of their race. Whites and blacks graduation rates however did increase over time but black graduation rates have always been lower than blacks which is still completely unacceptable.

Images Showing Graduation Rates for Blacks and Whites

African-Americans after the Civil Rights Era have closed the gap between whites in high school and college graduation rates. According to the same data charts used for the last pieces of evidence the high school graduation rates for blacks post Civil Rights rose 12% to 33% in just ten years after the Civil Rights Movement. However, whites still graduated at a rate of 55% after the Civil Rights Movement. This shows that both races have excelled dramatically after the Civil Rights Movement but blacks still aren’t nearly receiving the equal education they deserve compared to what whites are getting. The same website which is upheld by the U.S. Department of Education shows the graduation rates of blacks and whites post Civil Rights Movement in College. The graph shows that ten years after the Civil Rights movement whites in College graduated at a rate of 6% which is not nearly as much as it is today. In comparison white males during this time period graduated at a rate of 13% which is still far ahead of black graduation rates. Even, though blacks took strides in education after the Civil Rights Movement by increasing their college graduation rate by 5%. Even though, blacks took a great stride in education graduation rates by increasing the rate 5% in just a decade. However, this is not nearly as close as whites and over the years the gap has only grown in favor of whites. In 2015 which is 51 years after the Civil Rights movement the statistics for white and black graduation rates with bachelor’s degrees were released by Hechinger Report. Hechinger Report states that, “the percentage of whites 25-29 years old attaining a bachelor’s degree has risen to… 43%... Among blacks, the percentage with bachelor’s degrees has gone up…to 21%.” Clearly, this shows that even today blacks still aren't getting the Civil Rights they deserve. This is really unacceptable because whites are getting the most opportunities in the education world and are graduating at much higher rates than whites. Overall, blacks have taken great strides in the education world but they still aren’t graduating nearly as much as whites. This is why there is still an issue today on blacks not graduating nearly as much as whites.

There are many ways that citizens can get involved in helping blacks graduate at equal rates as whites. Many African-Americans aren’t given equal opportunities to go to college because of low income. As studies have shown blacks usually have less income per household than whites. This leads to many blacks not being able to afford to got to college compare to whites. However, there are ways that you can help by donating to many charities that help pay for college for underprivileged families. One of these organizations MDRC helps college students take stress off of going to college and having a part time job. Many blacks have to work at a job during college to pay for their college. This leads to losing time that can be used to taking classes and to study for exams. MDRC distributes, “the aid money on a fixed, bi-weekly basis, the program helps achieve a healthy balance of time and dedication between school and a job.” Clearly, this organization helps students with aid money to help them balance college and their jobs. One way that you can help with their mission is to donate to the organization or perhaps even volunteer at their organization. There are many ways that everyday citizens can help African-Americans gain their Civil Rights in education that they deserve.


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