The Civil Rights Movement

The civil rights movement started during the period of late 50’s and early 60’s, with the core purpose of gaining equal rights for everyone. It was the biggest revolution in America and many people dedicated their lives for the success of this movement.

Most people believe that the civil rights movement was initiated by Rosa Parks, which however, is not true. No one can deny the efforts she made to make this movement successful but the idea was born in 1954 at the Board of Education of Topeka. It all started, because the African Americans were being treated in a very inhumane manner and served as slaves to the white. This is where the Black Panther Party came in, whose founders were Huey P and Bobby Seale. They promoted self-defense and civil rights and educated the black men about their rights as humans. The Black Panther party believed that the blacks will never fit into the American culture and will never be respected as the whites. On the Other hand, Martin Luther king made all his efforts to promote the idea, that African Americans are a part of America and will be given equal rights. The party did not allow any white to become a member, until they realized they needed the support of other minorities in the country to support their stance. After dedicated efforts for years, determination and firm belief the civil rights movement actually succeeded. No one would have thought this as possible but, it was the result of unshaken belief and strong devotion of our ancestors that today America sees a Black president. The civil rights movement seemed to be vague at that time and no one believed that slaves will get equal rights. The blacks themselves, did not believe that someday they will be treated as respectable men and will run and own business in America. Our ancestors did their best and convinced others with extreme struggle and well thought-out logic that we need to have a society, where people believe in equality.

Back in the 50’s it was almost impossible to believe that America will be close to a utopian society, where everyone gets their rights. If it wasn’t for Rosa Parks or Mr. Martin Luther King, we would not being living in a country where racial discrimination is overcome and people are evaluated on the basis of merit and capability rather than caste or creed.