Accounts of the civil rights Movement: This essay is an account of the civil rights movement as told by African Americans living in the US at that time

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Accounts of the Civil Rights Movement

Human civilizations have greatly evolved. Not only have we evolved economically, but

socially as well. Cultures have changed and changed the world as a whole. People's outlook on

life has changed greatly. Without these changes, the world wouldn't be the way it is today.

Although many people don't understand the significance of these changes, some are greatly

appreciative. As a younger generation, we don't understand how we got to the point that we at

now. Our ancestors shaped not only American society but global society. One of these life-

changing events was the civil rights movement. African American's lives were forever changed

by several courageous and heroic actions. The importance of these actions are preserved through

movies, books, and physical evidence. The most important aspect of preserving these memories

is speaking to the people who lived through these hard times and having them relive the horrible

moments. In order to get a better understanding of the civil rights movement and its components,

I sat down and had a talk with three people that were in the heart of the discrimination against

blacks. Their names are Ruth Wilson, Vera Blair, and Wilson Blair. Their re-enactments of

certain historical events help to better educate the younder generation on the important

acheivements of our forefathers.

The first woman to be interviewed was Ruth Wilson. She was living in Tupelo,

Mississippi at the beginning of the civil rights movement. "I was not allowed to attend school

past the eighth grade. There were more important things for me to do at the time," she says. "My

parents didn't have a lot of money, so I went to school in the mornings and picked cotton in the

afternoon. I was not a slave. That was just my job." Higher...