Journey to Freedom Over time we have experienced a history of stunning accomplishments in every field of human endeavor, from literature and art to science, industry, education, diplomacy, athletics, jurisprudence, even polar exploration. The great African Americans of our history found something outside of themselves to use as a goal and a guide to overcome prejudice. With these strong people we were able to explore the struggle for freedom and civil rights in a society where racial segregation and discrimination knew no regional boundaries. Throughout the years, our nation has been through so much change involving our black Americans. Although the whites coming along through history may have thought that what they were doing was okay, it wasn’t. Whites thought that by setting the slaves free was enough for them. When African Americans demanded more, violence from whites broke out. Throughout time we are able to see the strength and the perseverance that black Americans had to fight for to get what they deserved. In 1865, the Civil War ended. Abraham Lincoln was the president during this time. Lincoln had played such an influential role in history. Having him around was the beginning of change. He stuck by his beliefs that all people were created in one image and should be created as equals. Not all sided with him. On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. In that year, the 13th Amendment was ratified. This abolished slavery in the United States. Between 1865 and 1870, the 14th and 15th Amendments were ratified; the 14th Amendment defining citizenship and the 15th Amendment giving blacks the right to vote. This seemed like a new start for the black Americans but soon would lead into such violence and chaos. Between 1876 and 1965, the United States dealt with the Jim Crow laws in the state and local level. Jim Crow laws were racial segregation laws. These laws mainly occurred in the south. Coloreds were segregated from public schools, public transportation, restrooms, restaurants, and drinking fountains. It had previously restricted the Civil Rights and civil liberties of African Americans with no pretense of equality. Throughout the years, African Americans fought for equal rights. After World War II, the Great Depression hit the 1930’s. This event worsened the already bleak economic situation of black Americans. Not only was it a struggle for whites but a bigger one for blacks. During this time it became harder for African Americans to find jobs. Most businesses hired whites only. This launched a nation “jobs for Negroes” movement by boycotting chain stores that had mostly black customers but hired only white employees. Due to lack of work, blacks migrated to find homes and jobs for them and their families. This started a riot between blacks and whites. They were competing against each other for homes and jobs. Although discrimination remained widespread during the war, blacks secured more jobs at better wages in a greater range of occupations than ever before. The role of African Americans in the military expands as the United States enters World War II. In the course of war, however, the Army introduced integrated officer training. At the end of war, African Americans were poised to make reaching demands to end racism. They were unwilling to give up the minimal gains that had been made during the war. Although African Americans had participated in every major United States war, it was not until after World War II that President Harry S. Truman issued an executive order integrating the United States Armed Forces. The first phase of the Cold War began in the aftermath of the end of World War II. African American Civil Rights is one of the most studied and celebrated phenomena of the 20th century. This is the impact of the Cold War on domestic United States race politics and the process through which the war lessened resistance to Civil Rights movement demands. Race relations influenced…
do the texts you have studied explore the assumptions underlying the concept of journey?
The texts I have studied including the poem “Journey: The North Coast” by Robert Gray, film by Walter Salles, The Motorcycle Diaries and “The Ride of Zhu” short story by Nick Long have apparent assumptions underlying the concept of journey in that the process is more important than the journey itself and that physical journeys can result in an inner and emotional transitions.
Gray used visual imagery to…
What is Freedom?
Living in Black Americas society, freedom is one on the number of issues that brings out much conflict. Of course freedom is a word which contains inbuilt restrictions. A free society contains individuals who are free to do what they do, whilst respecting the freedoms of others. Freedom can define as many other different definitions. Are we actually living in a society where freedom actually exists to the full extent? Most times we are limited to what freedom is actually…
before I start I would like to see a show of hands, who like public speaking? (Wait for hands) Okay…. Who likes physical journeys? (Wait again for hands), well that what I thought.
It’s the journey that matters, not the destination
I would like talk to you today about physical journeys, I will be covering two supplementary texts that help my understanding of a physical journey and how they can be conveyed in a variety of ways. One of the texts being the “our women in Iraq” article and the magazine…
Journeys change a person’s conscious awareness. It is not the movement from one place to another alone. Journey is made up of different aspects that are illustrated in all three texts being discussed and is conveyed through the presence of their past. “The year my voice broke” is a coming of age film directed by John Duigan. It explores the journeys of its three protagonists, Trevor who explores how some characters don’t undergo any change but only go through a trip, Freya who…
An Emotional Journey:
Orders, Deployment, & Homecoming
May 7, 2006
Staring at the papers he had laid on the bed, my heart was beating in double time. I did not want to look at them but I kept staring at them, hoping they would disappear before my eyes. I did not want to read those papers, in my mind if I didn’t read them, what they contained would not be true. I tried to ignore them but the agony of…
To be or not to be
I don’t fully understand the concept of “freedom” some contend that it is their constitution and bill of rights that they deserve and must preserve. However, if a piece of paper tells people what they should and shouldn’t do and what they do and don’t deserve isn’t that still limiting their rights their choice. So what is freedom? Isn’t it to be unrestricted from the chains (or in this case paper) telling them what actions they are…
Having the right to say whatever you want is extremely important in this society, maybe even the most important right of all. Imagine not being able to say what you think. The government would completely pulverize our identity and we would not even make an impact in the world. We would just be there. Like I had stated before, great men and women have spoken out and have made great changes. Whether it be speaking out against the government or introducing a new theory, this would…
trials before this dream of his came officially came true. Kings went through what some people might call, a hero’s journey, he went through many ups and downs before his dream came to life.
On the day of December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for violating the laws of segregation known as “Jim Crow Laws”. This night she was arrested King was called to the beginning of his journey by E.D. Nixon, head of the local NAACP to plan a city-wide bus boycott. The NAACP assisted King through many of his…
10 December 2014
James Baldwin once said, “Freedom is not something that anybody can be given.
Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be.”
Freedom is a privilege that must be worked for according to Baldwin. It is not something
we are granted with at birth. Even after acquiring a certain freedom, people are only “as
free as they want to be.” Baldwin’s quote presents the concept that you get out what…
Odyssey: The Journey of a Hero
The Hero's Journey is never an easy one. This particular journey, as detailed in Homer's The Odyssey, is one of struggle, loss, heartache, pain, growth and triumph. It is comprised of many steps that Odysseus has to overcome and battle through in order to achieve his final goal of reaching his home and his loved ones. From the Call to Adventure to the Freedom or Gift of living, Odysseus conquered them all. The story begins in the middle of the story, as many…