Montgomery Bus Boycott Connecting to Current Civil Right Issues Carter Jay Berg

African American Civil Rights

The Montgomery Bus Boycott sparked national action toward a Civil Rights Movement. After many years of fighting and protesting for Civil Rights, the African Americans fighting for their rights finally won. They were treated unequally for hundreds of years and felt victory once they won their full rights that are the equal to the white population.

"There are those who say to you - we are rushing this issue of civil rights. I say we are 172 years late." ~Hubert H. Humphrey

Bus Boycott

African Americans had their freedom, but not their total freedom because of Segregation in the South. They were commonly forced to sit in the back of the bus if a white passenger was to ride the bus. Rosa Parks, being African American and stubborn towards Segregation, refused to let a white passenger take her seat in the front of the bus on December 1st, 1955. Her arrest and trial for her case sparked the Civil Rights movement even more as African Americans began to boycott the Montgomery Bus System.

"I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people." ~Rosa Parks

I Have a Dream

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Civil Rights activist of peaceful manner. He led many peaceful protests for African American Civil Rights, such as his famous August 28th, 1963, "I Have a Dream" speech.

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character." ~Martin Luther King Jr.

Civil Rights Act of 1964

After years of fighting, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into order on July 2nd, 1964. This finally put a national end to Segregation and made African Americans fully free and equal to the white population. The 14th and 15th Amendments were in place since 1869, but never had the full protection of these rights until 1964.

“The heart of the question is whether all Americans are to be afforded equal rights and equal opportunities; whether we are going to treat our fellow Americans as we want to be treated.” ~John F. Kennedy

Women's Rights

As African Americans fought for their equal rights, Women are still fighting for full equal rights as they feel that Men are treated as superior over Women to this day. A common examples of how Women feel unequal today is unequal pay in the workplace.

"Human rights are women's rights, and women's rights are human rights." ~Hillary Clinton

2017 Women's March

Women have viewed Donald Trump as sexist towards themselves, advocating for everyone to vote against Trump for Presidency. When Trump became the 45th President of the United States, Women across the world were very upset, especially women in America. On January 21st, 2017, exactly one day after President Trump's Inauguration, Women across the world took the streets of large cities to protest their equality.

"I believe that the rights of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st century." ~Hillary Clinton

Inequality is a Matter of Misunderstood Simplicity

The main problem with African American Civil Rights and Women's Equality is the issue can be avoided by equality that could have been established hundreds of years prior to the Civil Rights Movement. The simplicity of avoiding the issue is so large that many people over hundreds of years have misunderstood how simple it has been to make the world equal for everyone. No one race is superior to another. No one gender is superior to another. It's as simple as that, but in history and the modern day that is not how the equality has played out.

"[Feminism is] equality: politically; culturally; socially; economically. That’s it, that simple." ~Emma Watson


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