The African American Movement Eyker Rodas

In the history of the United States there have been many social movements and changes that have occurred till this day. It all started with the African American movement, which was one of the the most significant and important movements for for the equality of certain peoples’ rights because many african americans did not have the right to vote, to attend the white people schools nor to speak! Discrimination of African Americans in the United States have been going on for years, but the movement roots began in 1619 to Virginia. At this time the slave trade between Africa and the English colonies had not yet been established,Many important events involving discrimination against the whites preceded the era known as the Civil Rights Movement. For example, after that the act was signed, the african americans felt like they had more freedom and decided to act in a savage way against the ones that are trying to get rid of the african americans. Also the Organization of the African American movement under the leadership of Nelson Mandela helped launch a resistance of Apartheid and racial segregation. As a result of the leadership of Nelson Mandela the African American movement was able to be heard all around World but made him end up in Prison for 27 years but he was still able to get his speeches or messages put out there. As a result of the movement today discriminatory acts or laws such as Everyone has the right to vote and speak, plus the schools are segregated not to forget the racial times have ended and has everyone in complete relief. To end it off, Today Black lives matter and they now live in the United States free to enjoy life with all people around, the right to vote, have the right to go to every public school and many things or laws that bring not just african americans but to everyone all around the world happiness, eagerness and patience because there will for sure many new laws or acts in the future.


  • 1994 Nelson Mandela President

Nelson Mandela becomes president of South Africa after the democratic elections and the power he had is to continue sharing his touching and powerful messages on segregation.

  • 1968- Martin Luther King

Assassinated by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968. MLK, was an American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs. “ I have a dream “ was one of his speeches that impacted the world drastically because they were shocked on how MLK expressed his words to those who felt what he felt.

Social Classes:

  • 1808 - First african slaves arrive

Congress during the Jefferson Administration prohibited the migration of slaves effective in 1808, but illegal smuggling took place. Domestic slave trading, however, continued at a rapid pace, driven by labor demands from the development of cotton plantations.

Forms of Protest:

  • 1948 - WWI- African-Americans

During the year 1910-1948 there was the WWI going on and it was the time where the white were recruit some African-Americans, by the end of the war a little more than 350,000 African- Americans joined the heed.

  • 1990 The Land act

The land act of 1913, The population registration act and the group acts of 1950, all apartheid laws repealed

  • 2012 Black Lives Matter

Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi

Founders of “Black Lives Matter” after Trayvon Martin’s Murderer, George Zimmerman was convicted for the crime and african americans thought it was unfair also, police brutality was a huge one as well

Religious beliefs


The majority of African Americans, however, are evangelical Christians with religious experiences originating in the regions of ancient Africa (Cush, Punt, and to a great extent, Egypt), as well as black adaptation of Hebraic, Jewish, Christian, and Islamic beliefs and rituals.



The Virginia General Assembly forbids the teaching of African Americans—slave or free—to read or write.

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