Civil Rights Movement

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The Civil Rights Movement

By Manar Elcheikh

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.

The series of African American Civil rights movements, which stretched from 1955 to 1968, aimed at restoring the rights of the African American people and liberating them from the social and racial discrimination. This movement changed the social and political structure of the United States, a country that was deeply divided by racism. The most poignant idea was that the movement accomplished successful results following the "nonviolent resistance", establishing the fact that equality can be achieved through non-violent means, a lesson which many countries in the 21st Century could learn from.

After being drawn out of their birthplace, brought to an unfamiliar country, and forced to be slaves, African Americans saw equality through the eyes of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Even after "liberation", Africans Americans were not ready to pursue the battle of segregation alone they were almost powerless. The heavy weight that African Americans carried with them was reduced when they began to vision what Martin Luther king, Jr. brought to the table against this injustice of racial discrimination. Martin Luther King was the most important African American leader of the Civil Rights movement and was responsible for dramatically improving the chance of equality for African Americans. He was the key individual that helped African Americans reach the almost impossible grip of equality.

The Civil Rights movement was characterised by major campaigns of civil resistance. Between 1955 and 1968, act of nonviolent protests and civil disobedience formed disaster situations between activists and government authorities. Federal, state, and local governments, businesses, and communities...