Equal Rights

Emily Edgington, Xavier Young, Wesley McCollum, Katie Wiener

First to stand up

Martin Luther King, Jr., was a great man who worked for racial equality and civil rights. When he graduated college he became a minister.Then he was assassinated April 4, 1968, for of standing up for equal rights.

Rosa Parks was a black women who stood up her equal rights by not giving up her seat to a white man. She was then arrested, and let out that day.
These two people were the very first people to nationally stand up for their equal rights.

Equal Rights

The constitution for equal rights for gender, was written in 1923 by Alice Paul, leader and founder of the National Woman's Party. After women’s right to vote was guaranteed by the 19th Amendment in 1920, she proposed the ERA as the next necessary step in confirming "equal justice under law" for all woman. So no matter what u look like, where you come from what you believe in you have rights.


What are some laws that supported equal rights?

  • One of the most important aspects of Reconstruction was the active participation of African Americans (including thousands of former slaves) in the political, economic and social life of the South. The era was to a great extent defined by their quest for autonomy and equal rights under the law, both as individuals and for the black community as a whole. During Reconstruction, some 2,000 African Americans held public office, from the local level all the way up to the U.S. Senate, though they never achieved representation in government proportionate to their numbers.

Past Cases

  • 1938: In Missouri ex el Gaines v. Canada, the Supreme Court ruled that Missouri could not satisfy its obligation to provide equal protection by sending an African American resident to an out-of-state law school and that Lionel Gaines must thus be admitted to the all-white University of Missouri School of Law. This case was the beginning of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund's effort to chip away at the separate-but-equal doctrine.

  • 1955: In Brown v. Board II, the Supreme Court held that school systems must abolish their racially dual systems, but could do so "with all deliberate speed."

Whos effected by it?

If you are White ,Black ,Asian, or even Homosexual you are effected by equal rights, or you could pretty much say that everyone is effected by it but in different ways. For example if you are black or Asian you are effected by it because of your race and homosexuals is because you like the same gender. You can also be effected by it because of what you believe in. This is why we have equal rights so everyone is treated equal.