Standing Up For What's Right

By Jimena Castaneda

A Start To A Great Beginning


To what degree has the civil rights movement contributed to making the United States a more equal and just society?

It's sad to say that American's once had a problem with segregating colored people. The American's wanted nothing to do with the colored people. They separated themselves from the colors, by using separate; schools, restrooms, restaurants, entrances, and etc. The America's also had laws, call The Jim Crow Laws forbidding colored people to do certain things, such as; not being allowed to eat with somebody white, offering their hand to someone white, or light a white woman's cigarette.

Around in the 50's-60's colored people started to stand up for themselves. And it all started with a woman Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white man. She was soon arrested, and people stared to take charge. People marched and protested day after day just so they can earn there freedom they should have already had. Several people put their lives on the line, to see society change. Even though they lost a lot of life's along the journey, they finally got their message across and got their freedom.

Peace Over Violence

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This article describes the tactics that Martin Luther King Jr. used as well as Malcolm X. They were both fighting for freedom from slavery, and poverty, but they were fighting for it differently. Martin Luther King Jr. wanted to to be peaceful while Malcolm X was the opposite. Malcolm X was an aggressive person, but Martin was an understanding and loving person. They both were great at speaking in public to get their point across. Two people who wanted freedom but don't agree on how to get it.
King was an activist that wanted to free blacks from slavery, segregation and oppression.

The King wanted to have a peaceful protest with sit-ins, marches and boycotts. Martin and his people knew they were going to jail, but didn't mind because they knew that what they were fight for was what was right.

Malcolm X wanted the same thing Martin Luther King wanted, but used different tactics to get it. Malcolm X wanted to use violence to get his point across, he was very demanding on what he wanted. He told the white society that they needed to give up a piece of land for the blacks so they can start their own community and grow as one.

Who Are The Real Hero's?

Claudette Colvin

Claudette Colvin was born on September 5, 1939, in Montgomery, Alabama. Colvin grew up in poor neighborhoods, but she worked really hard at getting A's in school. At the age of fifteen Colvin was fifteen she got arrested for refusing to give her sit to a white person. Colvin actually got arrested 9 months before Rosa Parks did.

Bayard Rustin

On March 17, 1912 Bayard Rustin was born. West Chester, Pennsylvania is where Rustin's grandparents raised him during his childhood. He attended college in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and then moved to New York later on to study. Rustin started to work with Martin Luther King Jr. and showed him the Gaudi way. He thought it was the right way to go and that it would be more successful.

"Changes" By Tupac

"I see no changes all I see is racist faces
Misplaced hate makes disgrace to races
We under I wonder what it takes to make this
One better place, let's erase the wasted "

Right here Tupac is talking about how he's not seeing the society around him change, and that everybody is still placing their hate on other races. He explains that the hate they get is misplaced because they should place their hate on the evil in the world. The last two lines of this verse is more a positive from the first two lines in the beginning of the song that says, " I see no changes. Wake up in the morning and I ask myself,
"Is life worth living? Should I blast myself?" When he says this, he is still not seeing the world around him change, and he feels like it's no going to change anytime soon, and questions if life is really worth living.