The Black Civil Rights Movement – a Watershed Moment in History


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The Black Civil Rights Movement – a Watershed Moment in History
Rosa Parks Changes History
The Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s – 1960s was a watershed moment in history not only for Americans but for the world. The efforts of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks in 1955 – 1956 not only showed white Americans (and the politicians that served them) that a minority people could have a voice, they also provided an example for minority populations everywhere that freedom is a right all people should enjoy.
The two main figures in the early Civil Rights Movement were Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. Rosa Parks is known for refusing to give up her seat to a white person on a bus. However the...
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.....because it not only showed that non-violence could bring about political change, but it also showed that the African Americans had some power because of the money they spent. It was economic reasons that forced the Montgomery Bus Company to bring in desegregation – the public transport system was crippled without the income from the African American community. This power gave a confidence to the Civil Rights Movement that it may not have had if Rosa Parks had not refused to give up her seat on the bus that fateful day, 1st December 1955. Her actions eventually led to the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the subsequent Voting Rights Act 1965. Finally African Americans had a voice and that hard won acceptance changed the face of American history.