Many people in the United States from the 1950’s to our modern times wanted their part of the American Dream. For a long time, many minorities and outsiders did not have equal access or treatment as everyone else, Through various movements, these people sought out justice for themselves. The Civil Rights Movement in particular was a very important movement in our nation’s history Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.
” And these people would not rest, until they were all equali An important event during the Civil Rights Movement was Brown vs Board of Education Schools were separated by race, and students of different schools were not receiving equal education as originally planned “We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place, Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.
The children going to the white‘s only schools were receiving a better education than those children going to the separated school Schools needed to integrate and desegregate to make sure that all children received an equal education and had access to the same opportunities as one another Little Rock, Arkansas, was the location of another important Civil Rights event After Brown vs Board of Education, schools were supposed to slowly desegregate. Unfortunately, when some African American students were sent to school, the mayor of little rock had the National Guard to prevent the students from going to school.
“In May of 1955, the Little Rock School Board approved a moderate plan for the gradual desegregation of the public schools in that city. It provided that a start toward integration would be made at the present term in the high school, and that the plan would be in full operation by 1963” President Eisenhower sent in the 101‘l Airborne Division to protect those students and restore order.
This was just the difficult beginning of school desegregation. Whether it be civil rights, or the war in Vietnam, the ultimate goal is the same. People are fighting for freedom and equality for everyone. Lyndon B Johnson once said while addressing the war in Vietnam, “We will not be defeated. We will not grow tired. We will not withdraw, either openly or under the cloak of a meaningless agreement… Once this is clear, then it should also be clear that the only path for reasonable men is the path of peaceful settlement,”. In Port Huron, students gathered and created the Port Huron Statement, which was a statement of principles and objectives A graduate student named Tom Hayden led the group. A part of this statement says, “Freedom and equality for each individual, government of, by, and for the people — these American values we found good, principles by which we could live as men. Many of us began maturing in complacency.
As we grew, however, our comfort was penetrated by events too big to dismiss. Growing up, they felt that they were living in a strong successful country, but as time went on, they realized that there were problems with this nation too big to just ignore. Problems like civil rights, and equality for all races. These problems needed to be addressed and taken care of, to ensure that everyone has equal opportunities. Many American people fought for equal rights and opportunities so that all people could live their own American Dream. Many movements took place to give everyone freedom and equality, and the biggest was the Civil Rights Movement. It wasn’t easy, but the people persisted, and eventually, Martin Luther King‘s dream came true.