Civil Rights

Rights, Diversity, and Adult Learning

Lisa D. Uselton


December 1, 2014

What does Civil Rights mean and the Civil Rights Movement?

Civil rights is a governmental bill that ensures that all individuals in The Unites States of America have rights to declare their race, culture, diversity, gender and other elements from harm or segregation. The Bill of Rights allows and offers all individuals freedom and the right to remain and be treated fairly in society.

On July 2, 1964 the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became a new legislature bill that protected all individuals internally and externally have the right to be treated equally. This Act provides Federal assistance to ensure the society of The United States of America is provided with dignity and fairness.

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History of the Civil Rights Movement

Major events and accomplishments of the American minorities' freedom struggle, including how they are related to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Who is Rosa Parks? Rosa Parks was an African American women who was asked to relinquish her seat so that a Caucasian man could sit towards the front of the bus. Rosa Parks refused to give her seat up and sit towards the back of the bus, where African Americans were told to do so. This action was the turning point towards the Civil Rights movement. Rosa Parks became a figure and portrait of defiance to being racially discriminated.
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Civil versus political rights: freedom of expression, association, and participation in the educational process

Brown vs. Board of Education (1954, 1955)

This case was a turning point in American history that related to educational systems and segregation of whites and blacks. The Brown versus the Board of Education became a historical stance on the Civil Rights movement. This ended all injustice on treating or refusing a mixed educational diverse system of students, teachers and educational scholars.

Affirmative Action and Diversity: The Relationship

Affirmative action is an adjustment that is intended to alter and modify the foundation and civilization within a corporation or organization. In order to direct diversity the transition of incorporating skills and values is required without prejudice or harmful intentions of individuals. Affirmative Action provides new goals and direction while supervising or managing diversity is based upon customs and refinement. When diversity is introduced to individuals, corporations and organizations this does not substitute affirmative action, instead it creates an identical environment for all whom are incorporated. With diversity in tact the workplace or any societal environment can meet the requests and desires for all individuals without taking into account their diverse culture or background.

Civil Rights: Present

As there have been many historical changes among the Civil Rights movement from the late 1800's till today's present time, the acceptance of all diverse cultures have been made present, secured and welcomed in many organizations within the United States. Martin Luther King lead our nation to one of the most diverse ruling in today's society. As the acceptance of diversity has been formed and contrived, the continuous growth of diversity as become shocking and fascinating.

Federal Supported Assistance relating to the Bill of Rights

American Civil Liberties Union

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

U.S. Department of Labor

"A racially and ethnically diverse university student body has far-ranging and significant benefits for all students," - GURIN

How do all of the above listed topics and elements influence or affect adult learning?

As research and historical behaviors have shown the prosperity of all individuals being treated fairly and the lessons in which we have learned due to being a part of a diverse community, these all partake in the educational growth of each individual. Being a part of a diverse community, we are able to learn and respect each others culture, orientation, race, background and fundamentals that are aligned within society.

Education and the platforms of instruction have been changing tremendously which keeps not only technology advancing, but diversity as well. Generating a learning atmosphere that admires diversity is creating a new culture and learning environment that respects diversity and eliminates prejudices from forming. This allows recognition of differences to become present and expand on communication and community needs.