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“Civil Rights Movement” During the 1950’s and the 1960’s, African Americans were still experiencing unequal segregation. Laws such as the Jim Crow Laws banned them from sharing bathrooms, theaters, train cars, etc. with white people. In 1954 when the “separate but equal” doctrine was enforced, it triggered the frustration of many African Americans. Civil Rights Activists began using non-violent protests and disobedience of segregation laws to try and bring about a change. This period of time is known as the Civil Rights Movement and is one of the most successful and meaningful social movements in the world. Many African American’s are remembered today as leaders who risked their lives in hope for freedom and equality during the Civil Rights Movement such as, Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks and E.D Nixon. Martin Luther King Jr is known for leading many of the most significant civil rights protests. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and was the youngest to have even received that honor. He is also known for leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott which was generated after an altercation involving Rosa Parks. On December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks boarded the bus after a long day at work, sitting in the first row of the colored section. As the white section of the bus filled up, the bus driver ordered the colored people in the first row to give up their seats, but Rosa Parks refused. Eventually, she was arrested for violating the Montgomery City Code. On the night of Rosa Park’s arrest, E.D Nixon, another important civil rights activist who was head of the NAACP Chapter decided to meet up with Martin Luther King and other leaders to plan a bus boycott. During this meeting, Martin Luther King Jr was selected to lead the boycott because of his great characteristics such as being professional and having good family connections. He understood the real significance of the…...

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