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Kembely Caro

African-American History


January 18, 2017

Protest Portrayal

Protest can be portrayed in many in two ways; non-violent and violent.

A protest is an expression of objection, or disproval often in opposition

to something a person is powerless to prevent. African-American have been protesting for their rights since the beginning of Emancipation. Though the intentions of protestors in the African-American community are generally good, these intentions are seen differently by public portrayal of the protests.

Right after the Emancipation of African Americans the Civil Rights movement came to place. The civil rights movement started off because of what happened with Rosa Parks in December of 1955. She was an African-American who refused to give up her seat on a bus to white person. She was arrested because of that. Not only this but also all this segregation happening at the time influenced the African-American community to stand up for themselves. African-American intentions towards the civil rights movement was to fight for their rights. It was to fight for the rights that they should have due to the fact that they are now free and they deserve to have the same rights as everyone else in the country.

Even after the Civil Rights movement, African-Americans still had to go through along process in order to vote that others didn't. In Selma, Alabama the registration office was open two days out of the month and they will only get 15 to vote on these days. African-Americans formed groups and organizations to find a way to make voting fair. One the organization being the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee which was then ban by Judge Hare in 1964. Through the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) led by Martin Luther King a march was started. The purpose was for African-Americans to march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital of Montgomery to make the statement that they need their voting rights-about a fifty mile walk. March members were greeted by state and local authorities at the bridge of Montgomery violently. Marching in order to obtain voters right, the African American Community was seen as violent. Even though they were doing this non-violently the authorities at the bridge attacked them violently. Leaving seventeen people injured African-American backed down but came back later on.

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