Equality for All Americans

Justin Morales, Your supreme leader

Everyone has the Right to be Equal~

In 1787, our founding fathers wrote and signed the Constitution; within that Constitution, it was stated that, " All men are created equal'', but that has not always bee the case. African Americans have always been fighting for the right to be equal with the white men and women who lived right next to them.

There was no stopping the motivated people; many were killed by lynching because of it. People such as Elizabeth Eckford, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King Jr. fought for what they thought was right, and if it was not for their bravery, African Americans most likely would have never been considered equal at this point in time.

Civil Disobedience ~

During the time through 1955-1968, African Americans fought against the power of the White people with civil disobedience. Civil Disobedience is the refusal to comply with certain laws as a form of peaceful political protest. They used tactics such as counter sit-ins and marches.

Counter sit-ins were mainly popular for the youth. They would go to a restaurant, go to the white countered area, and sit until provided with service. Usually, they were attacked by the customers around them with verbal and physical abuse. The protesters would not fight back or say a word, but instead would sit there in a peaceful manner. They would often be arrested and sent to jail while the real criminals who attacked them, would be let go.

Marches were often used to protest against the city or government in the area, such as the march Selma. 3,200 civil right members gathered together as a unified unit, an began to march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital, Montgomery. The march had been stopped twice before due to the Alabama state police; National guard men were brought in to protect the marchers. From the outcome of the march, that August, President Johnson signed the voting act, which guaranteed African Americans the right to vote.

We Shall Overcome!

We shall Overcome was by Mahalia Jackson. It was about how someday, things will turn for the best, to overcome the obstacles ahead of them. It was the unspoken anthem of the civil rights movement. They were not afraid of what was going to come there way because they were hand in hand and God was on their side. One day, they will all live in peace for they will overcome the racism they had been put through, and the torture their fallen brothers and sisters went through, so that someday, they will be just as equal as everyone else.

Times They Are A Changin’!

This song was written and sang by Bob Dylan. In the song, he talks about many different people such as government officials, mothers and fathers, and anyone who aren't ready for the equality of all people, to get ready because it is coming fast."If your time is worth savin', Then you better start swimmin', Or you'll sink like a stone." I believe that part of the song means that if you aren't ready for the change, then you're going to drown yourself in the past and not start to move forward in the future.