African Americans In The 1950's

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Beginning in the 1950’s, African Americans began to come together in order to end racial segregation and discrimination against African American who were citizens of the United States of America. Once African Americans were freed from slavery, they still face many challenges in America because of the content of their skin. In America, African Americans were restricted from rights which citizen should possess. Along with not having the rights a citizen should have, African American were not allowed to be in the same area as white people, and did not receive equal treatment regarding housing, voting, and education. Because of prominent leaders like Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, and Stokely Carmichael who spoke out on the issues …show more content…
One failure during the movement was equality in the school. Since many schools were note integrated, blacks had to attend a different institution than white kids. Although Plessy vs. Ferguson ruled public facilities can be separate but equal, black children did not receive the same resources and curriculum as white children in school. For example, many white children attended school which had a better facility as black children and new books. On the other hand, the facility for black children were in buildings that were worn down, and they had to settle with using old books which were no longer used by white children. The movement also failed to make voting equal among African Americans. Although African American had the right to vote, many people could not vote due to poll taxes and literacy test. Because many African Americans did not have the funds to pay for taxes or could not pass the literacy test, they were not able to vote due to these requirements to vote. Not only did the test and poll tax prevent people from voting, but white supremacist would attack those who could vote. Therefore, the movement failed to make schools and voting equal for African