More than a hundred years ago the Europeans brought slaves to North America. The
blacks found themselves in the midst of prejudice whites with no way out. When the blacks came
over Jim Crow laws were incorporated. With these laws it was near impossible for blacks to rise
in the white world. Booker T. Washington was the first black to rise to any prominence in this
time. In the early 1900's blacks however began to fight back. In 1909 black advancement
organizations began to increase all over North America. Unfortunately with the rise of these
groups also came the rise of racist white groups like the Ku Klux Klan and others brutally killing
blacks. All blacks coming into N. America were being brought into a very hostile environment.
The first sign of blacks becoming more equal was the blacks to fight in the World War.
For the first time they were looked upon as war veterans instead of black slaves.
progress was beginning a black man named Garvey believed that the whites would never change,
because of this he started an association called 'Back to Africa'. At the coming of the Second
World War, blacks participating in the war were being more important positions than ever before.
Franklin Roosevelt was the first president to make a strong contribution to the Civil
Rights movement. He had signed a declaration that stated no one could be discriminated in the
work place and other areas based on race. Also the high court passed a law that enabled black
children to have the same education opportunities as white children.
It was in December 1955 that Rosa Parks made a big step for civil rights by doing a very
small but courageous thing. She was arrested for not giving up her seat to a...