November 20, 1995
The Hope that Stemmed from the Fight for Equality
There is a desire in every person's inner being to strive for
The fight for equalization has existed throughout time.
Negroes, women, and homosexuals are examples of those who have been inspired to
fight for equal rights, for justice, and for freedom.
The struggle for black
equality was the event that turned the United States of America upside down.
For over two centuries, Negroes have struggled to work their way up the ladder
to ultimate parity.
Methods for obtaining this equality differed over the
Escaping slaves, underground railroads, court cases, demonstrations,
sit-ins, and marches all played into the ever-complicating history of this
The intense hatred of whites for Negroes grew out of the Civil War.
of the reasons for the war was the issue of slavery.
When the Confederates lost
the war, their position in the political world was taken away.
held by someone connected with the Confederacy was given to a northern man.
many cases, the new man was a Negro.
The Negroes did not have the opportunity
for equality long.
After a few years relations between the north and the south
were restored, and the position was taken away from the Negroes and given back
to white men.
In the time that the Negroes occupied these positions, southern
whites developed a deep hatred and animosity for Negroes.
From that day forward
the strain between blacks and whites grew.
Racial discrimination appeared to be eternally present.
Hope looked slim
as the years wore on, and little progress was made toward freedom.
to a head in 1963 as Negroes grew tired of silent acceptance of racial
Demonstrations, sit-ins, peace talks, and marches graced the
front pages of the newspapers in major cities in the south and in the north.
The hope of a future for African-American people in America was greatly affected
by the struggles and persecution they endured during the year 1963.
The struggles started in the hearts of every black person alive.
feelings began with children as they were called "niggers", and as they were
beat up upon by white children.
The opportunity to fight back wasn't given, nor
was it taught in Negro homes.
As jobs were gained in the white world,
Striving for excellence and higher knowledge of the trade
was forbidden and punishable by the loss of the job.
Anger and bitterness grew
in hearts until they knew it was time to act as a people.
In order to properly view the hope that resulted from 1963's events, the