African Americans

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African Americans

Shayolonda Herron

Axia University of Phoenix


December 1, 1955

It was a cold, rainy morning in Montgomery, Alabama. As usual I had to get up and go to work at Mrs. Augustine's mansion. I dreamed of the day that I would have someone clean my house and follow my commands. We were going through segregation. Segregation is the separation between two different races. The white people had their own water fountains, schools, and buses just to name a few. These places were very disturbing. I had to enter Mrs. Augustine's through the back door. When I first started working for her I entered her house through the front door, and she hit across my shoulder and told me to never do that again. I had to come through the back door only. I never understood why we were treated this way.

I completed my daily work by dusting all the furniture in the house.

I was also responsible for preparing breakfast, lunch, and supper. I worked Monday through Saturday. Each day I work 12 hours. I head back home by catching the bus home. On the way home I bought a newspaper from a local blacksmith. The paper involved some interesting news. Two young girls were beaten to death by a white man because one of them was caught drinking out of the white people fountain. Instead of going straight home today I attended a rally that was being held to stop segregation.

At the rally the speaker was Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an African-American clergyman who advocated social change through non-violent means. He was a powerful speaker and a man of great spiritual strength. He spoke about the incident regarding the two black girls. Dr. King spoke for about two...