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Pioneers of The Civil Rights Movement

Updated on January 23, 2017

The Man With The Dream

He had a dream that came true but was assassinated before he could see what he and others in the movement accomplished. Yes We Can and Yes We Did!
He had a dream that came true but was assassinated before he could see what he and others in the movement accomplished. Yes We Can and Yes We Did! | Source
Carter G. Woodson
Carter G. Woodson | Source
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. | Source
Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks | Source

The Civil Rights Movement Occurred In My Era

I was born in Alabama and The Civil Rights Movement occurred in my era but I wasn't there to experience or participate what was happening, I was in Ohio with my dad. In Ohio, I can recall riots and feeling some of the pangs of the movement when a Black person was murdered.

My mother explained to me when she thought I was old enough to understand what the movement was all about. This is not ancient history but it is something that I wanted to write about. Black people suffered, endured torture and sometimes it was to the death. This is a NEED to know, it needs to be kept alive so that not one Black person will be in the dark about how the Black population had No RIGHTS or EQUALITY until the Civil Rights Movement..

Young Black children and those who are adults now, who did not grow up before or during the Civil Rights Movement, need to know that Black Americans didn't have freedom to do nothing until the pioneers laid the foundation and their lives down to have freedom for all..

Rosa Parks Would Not Move

Activist, Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an American civil rights activist, whom the United States Congress called "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement". Her birthday, February 4, and the day she was arrested, Dece
Activist, Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an American civil rights activist, whom the United States Congress called "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement". Her birthday, February 4, and the day she was arrested, Dece | Source
The First Lady of Civil Rights and The Mother of Freedom
The First Lady of Civil Rights and The Mother of Freedom | Source

What Sparked This Famous Movement

It was about a Black American woman who refused to stand up and move to the back of a bus in order for a white man to sit down. The bus driver called the police and Rosa Parks was arrested. The Montgomery Bus Boycott began and lasted 382 days.

I Have a Dream Speech

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Fred Grey Civil Rights Attorney

Fred Gray Fred David Gray is a civil rights attorney, preacher and activist who practices law in Alabama and handled the Civil Rights Movement cases. He represented Rosa Parks and Dr. King, including many others.
Fred Gray Fred David Gray is a civil rights attorney, preacher and activist who practices law in Alabama and handled the Civil Rights Movement cases. He represented Rosa Parks and Dr. King, including many others. | Source

The Civil Rights Movement

What was The Civil Rights Movement about? It was about a Black American woman who refused to stand up and move to the back of a bus in order for a white man to sit down. The bus driver called the police and Rosa Parks was arrested. The Montgomery Bus Boycott began and lasted 382 days. No African American would ride a public transportation bus, they would walk or use a cab.





Favorite Quote of Dr. King

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The Time Line of The Civil Rights Movement

The time line of of The Civil Rights Movement was 1955 to 1965. Many accomplishments took place during this time. Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, The Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the 14th Amendment signed by President Lydon B. Johnson.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was all about The Civil Rights Movement and with his leadership, a peaceful end would come to racial discrimination, an end to segregation. King believed that all men are created equal, no matter the race, color or nationality. African Americans should have the same rights as anyone else. The Civil Rights Movement would put an end to inhumane and unequal treatment for all African Americans.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on Mya Angelou's birthday, April 4, 1968. The were great friends, shared many of the same values. Maya stopped celebrating her birthday for many years but she would send flowers to Coretta Scott King, Martin's widow every year until she died in 2006.

Negro History Week to Black History Month

I love the Civil Rights Movement and now you can learn about it. Dr. King headed up the movement and others that wanted the same equality and freedom joined in his mission. I feel love in my heart for all those who upheld the movement and lost their lives trying to create a better place. I am from Alabama but I didn't witness any of the movement but I wish that I could have. My mother talked of it all the time and that's why I decided to learn about the movement and later on after coming here, I decided to write about it. It's not ancient but it is connected to my era.

Black History Month went through several name changes before it reached its destination. The roles that African Americans played through out history were ignored. Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded the publication "The Journal of Negro History," the aim was to educate and preserve the African American heritage.

Negro History and Literature Week was founded by Omega Psi Phi in 1920. Six years later, Woodson changed the name to Negro History Week. With due thought, he began to think of a month to give honor to those who paved the way, some giving up their lives.

February was his choice, he could give honor to the two men who changed history for the future of African Americans. President Abraham Lincoln, responsible for the Emancipation Proclamation; freeing all slaves, born February 12th. Fredrick Douglass, an abolitionist, born February 14th. At the same time pay tribute to the pioneers who paved the way.

After his death in 1950, Woodson's legacy lived on. Negro History Week was changed to Black History Week. In 1976, it changed to Black History Month, just as Woodson wanted and is celebrated through out the nation.

After Woodson's Death

After his death in 1950, Woodson's legacy lived on. Negro History Week was changed to Black History Week. In 1976, it changed to Black History Month, just as Woodson wanted and is celebrated through out the nation.

Carter Woodson

Carter Woodson worked so diligently to change the name and date of Negro History Week to Black History Month but it was a slow process. The change finally came in 1976 but he died before his dream came through in 1950.
Carter Woodson worked so diligently to change the name and date of Negro History Week to Black History Month but it was a slow process. The change finally came in 1976 but he died before his dream came through in 1950. | Source

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      BODYLEVIVE 9 months ago from Alabama, USA

      Thank you Jodah and you certainly got that right, there is a LOT way to go.

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      John Hansen 9 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for sharing this information of the civil rights movement. I think was a very important and significant part of American history and paved the way for more racial equality, though there is still some way to go.

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      BODYLEVIVE 9 months ago from Alabama, USA

      I didn't witness any of it but I wish that I could have, being born in Alabama. My mother talked of it all the time and that's why I decided to learn about the movement and later on after coming here, I decided to write about it. It's not ancient but it is connected to my era.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I wish this was ancient history, but I lived through most of it. :) Nice and important article.

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      BODYLEVIVE 4 years ago from Alabama, USA

      cmoneyspinner1tf , thanks for stopping by. You read him right and he was all about his business. He payed tribute to the pioneers who paved the way and set Black History month. A great man.

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      Treathyl FOX 4 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Mr. Woodson has a face that reflects meekness and sober thinking. I like to look at pictures and try to guess a person's personality.

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      BODYLEVIVE 4 years ago from Alabama, USA

      Hello Alberic O,

      Thanks for your compliment on my article. You are so correct, the movement had nothing to do with parties but it had everything to do with racial discrimination and to put an end to racial segregation, that all men are created equal; justice for all and to put an end to the inhumane treatment of African Americans.

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      Alberic O 4 years ago from Any Clime, Any Place

      This not about which party pushed for civil rights more. Without these guys, civil rights probably won't exist. Good article.