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  1. Introduction
  2. Black revolution
  3. Civil rights movement
  4. Social and economic status of African Americans
  5. Olivia Davidson Washington
  6. Conclusion

The 1960s were the time of significant, cultural change. This black revolution changed the lives of African Americans forever because it led to them acquiring the right to vote and the right to be treated equally. Before the 1960s, it was permissible to discriminate against African Americans when it came to things such as employment or denying entrance to a vast amount of public business. It was extremely crazy when coping with the fact that there were numerous strategies used by the whites in the South to deny African Americans the right to vote; all strategies of which were legal. The average black person had to settle with being classified as a second class citizen. The black revolution had managed to change all of that for black America. Unmistakably, a positive result of the revolution was the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. These particular laws safeguarded the action of blacks being able to vote and being equally treated in society as an African American.

During the 1960s, the civil rights movement changed the lives of all African Americans worldwide forever. It was an unbridled time, and things got rougher for blacks before things started to look bright. The black community had attained noteworthy improvements in the social standing. Life had changed tremendously now due to all that occurred in the 60's. The legal system that once restricted and held down black individuals was and is currently working to grant the black society the rights guaranteed by the US constitution. Even though many people would refuse to hire blacks for jobs or sell them homes, as time passed things slowly changed for the black society.

[...] The black community had attained noteworthy improvements in the social standing. Life had changed tremendously now due to all that occurred in the 60's. The legal system that once restricted and held down black individuals was and is currently working to grant the black society the rights guaranteed by the US constitution. Even though many people would refuse to hire blacks for jobs or sell them homes, as time passed things slowly changed for the black society. The laws that once created animosity and tension amongst races currently play the successful role of perpetuating equality. [...]


[...] On November Booker T. Washington had passed. It was without a doubt clear that he had a massive influence on society. As African Americans continued to struggle though out the century, all that Washington had left behind was a primary inspiration that would be carried with the black community. Dating back from his illustrious speech in 1895 to his wretched death, the astounding life of Booker T. Washington allowed him to be recognized as a noteworthy leader and a promoter of advancement for a race that never had a chance to live peacefully. [...]


[...] This network of influences allowed him to be an influential individual in vast political decisions, thus allowing him to embody what was needed for being a key national advisor for the black community. As Washington continuously kept climbing up to social ladder, sadly it was going to slowly go in a different direction. The newly elected President of 1912, Woodrow Wilson, was the only thing that stood in Washington's way. If it wasn't for Wilson's narrow-mindedness, Washington influence would have been able to continuously spread amongst society. Wilson had begun firing black employees and this was a sign that change was in the air. As time passed, Washington's role slowly fell off. [...]


[...] He knew that economic growth and advancement in the field of education would bring the African American community to the forefront so he allowed that motivate his actions. His rise from slavery to a monumentally recognized name in history demonstrates the significant role he played in shaping the history of a colored society. References Smock, Raymond. Booker T. Washington: Black Leadership in the Age of Jim Crow. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee Print. [...]

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