Equality is Costly

By: Alexa Ryan

Civil Rights Contribution

A movement as monumental as the Civil Rights Movement is obviously going to have it’s short falling but it also changed so much about the everyday life of blacks and whites all over the world; during that time and the decades that came after. There is no doubt that this movement was a successful one because although there were things that occurred that didn’t seem right and there are things that didn’t change much but that doesn’t even compare to the amount of change the movement brought up.
Prior to the movement, many races were treated inferior to the rest of the population and that just wasn't right, nor was it constitutional. Blacks weren’t allowed to go to the same schools as the whites, the blacks weren’t offered the same education as the whites were receiving even if they wanted to, and they weren’t even allowed to drink,eat, or use the restroom where any white person has used. The movement changed all of that; it took years and took the lives of many incredible individuals but they didn’t die in vein. The things they fought for changed not only the way black viewed themselves but the way their Caucasian counterparts did as well. These black folk started holding their head higher and started to feel a sense of worth, like they were worthy of greatness and didn’t have to bow down to any higher power. Amendments were finally passed after years of constant struggle trying to end segregation, segregation was dwindling at a rapid pace; blacks could now eat, drink, or go to the bathroom at any place black or whites were, without having to think about whether or not they were breaking any laws because that was a white man's bathroom or a whites man's drinking fountain. Those were just baby steps in the changes that were being made due to the Civil Rights Movement, black candidates were starting to get elected to political offices in communities where blacks were once not allowed to vote. Along side that were the schools that never even considered allowing African American students attend their universities were recruiting them and offering them large scholarships so they could afford to attend. To connect how big of an impact the Civil Rights Movement had just look at who's in office right now. Barack Obama is a black man and he is also the United States President on his second term. If the Civil Rights Movement never happened things would be a lot different in the modern world and there would a very little chance that we would ever have a black President in office.

Hall of Fame

During his time Vernon Jordan was an attorney, civil rights leader, business consultant, and a influential power broker. He was born in the very much segregated Atlanta, Georgia in 1935. Where he grew up in the nation's first government-funded housing project for African Americans. Against all odds Jordan excelled in high school and went to a school who's student body was a virtually all white. He said he choose that school because he wanted to change the way blacks lived in the United States. After receiving his degree Jordan took a job at Georgia's NAACP field secretary in 196; he was tasked with expanding membership, opening new branches, and organizing boycotts and demonstrations. Later in 1964 he became director of the Southern Regional Council's Voter Education Project, helping to increase the number of black voters in the South. Many people accused Jordan of "selling out" but every time he would simply reply saying that very little would be accomplished if people limited their interactions to others with similar backgrounds and interests. Vernon Jordan was among the few "great" that people attempted to assassinate but in this case John Paul Franklin failed to do so, on May 29th, 1980, he was shot and seriously injured but was lucky enough to battle back and eventually get back to a full working schedule, having become close to presidential candidate Bill Clinton, Jordan aided Clinton's successful presidential campaign in 1992.
Barbara Jordan did a lot of firsts at the turning point of the Civil Rights Movement. She was a U.S congressional repersentative from Texas and she was also the first African American Congresswomen to come from the deep south and the first women ever elected to the Texas senate in 1966. She from the very beginning caught the eye of high authority figures like President Lyndon Johnson; he invited her to the White House to preview his 1967 civil rights message. In her early life she attended school, her parents were always pushing her to strive in school and do her very best. Which was a great thing because she graduated from Boston University Law School; she was one of the few black students in the program. In later years she helped ushers through the states first minimum wage law, her fellow lawmakers voted her in as president pro temp roe of the state senate. She again became the first African American women to hold this post. Further advancing in her career, Jordan won the election to the U.S House of Representation in 1972, Jordan was not afraid to talk about the things that most individuals necessarily didn't want to hear but needed to; like for example when she called for the impeachment of President Richard M. Nixon for his involvement in this illegal political enterprise. She once said in a nationally televised speech during the proceedings. " I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction of the constitution."
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Fred Hampton (August 30, 1948 - December 4, 1969)

Hampton was an revolutionary chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Blank Panther Party, and deputy chairman of the national BPP. He was Murdered while sleeping at his apartment during a raid by a tactical unit of the Cook County, Illinois State's Attorney's Office. Hampton grew up in Maywood, a suburb west of the city with his parents. He graduated from Proviso East High School with honors in 1966, later he majored in pre-law at Triton Junior College. He had one son named Fred Hampton Jr. and he lived with his wife Debora Hampton.

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George W. Lee (December 25, 1903 - May 7, 1955)

Civil Rights leader, minister, and entrepreneur. He was vice president of the Regional Council of Negro Leadership. Assassinated in 1955. Born in 1903, Lee grew up in poverty in Edwards, Mississippi. His mother was a plantation women who was married to an abusive stepfather. Lee graduated from high school, which was rare for blacks living in his circumstances. He was a married man to a women names Rosebud and they started a small business together and they had two kids together George P Lee and Sarah Lee.
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Malcom X (May 19, 1925 - Feb 21, 1965)

He was born with the name Malcolm Little he was an American Muslim and a human rights activist. On Feb 21, 1965, one week after his home was firebombed, Malcolm X was shot to death by Nation of Islam members while speaking at a rally of his organization in New York City. He was effectively orphaned early on in life because his father was killed and his mother was placed in a mental hospital. After many hardships and time spent in jail he rose to the top and became a father and a husband to his 6 children and wife named Betty.

Civil Rights Movement

The Civil Rights Movement was unlike any other because it was peaceful and non-violent which was unlike most "wars" of the time. There were many different tactics that the civil rights leaders attempted to use; those tactics were the use of boycotts, marches, and rally speeches. One boycott that truly impacted society and showed the people that they were serious about fighting segregation and that was the Montgomery Bus Boycott. It all started on December 1st 1955 which was sparked by Rosa Parks. The boycott lasted a little over a year. All African American men and women refused to ride public transportation until they were given equal rights as the whites that rode the bus. The boycott was non-violent but had a huge impact on the bus business and the businesses around town. After a year, the movement made progress for equal rights.

Marches and speeches were also very impacting tactics. Those were also non-violent. These marches and speeches really united everyone hat was working for Civil Rights movement. it wasn't all peachy all the time violence did occur from time to time. For example the police would use excessive force on peaceful marchers and hare groups were active. Although violence was apparent but the peaceful strategies and tactics of the Civil Rights activists really made a long term impact.

Some of the most impactful speeches were by leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. because not only did people follow the movement but they liked what he had to say. His speeches were impactful and easy to understand they spoke of little words but the words that were spoken could be remembered for years to come.