This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The March To Real Freedom Essay

1392 words - 6 pages

In 1865 the thirteenth amendment abolished slavery and involuntary servitude.1 This amendment was revolutionary by granting freedom to the slaves, initiating the concept of racial equality. However, it did not grant African Americans the right to vote, nor could this amendment prevent discrimination and mistreatment of African Americans. Due to the continuing discrimination and injustice, the suffrage movement gained momentum.
African Americans had gained their freedom but not the right to vote. The ability to vote would afford greater equality with their oppressors. Equality was something that many African Americans were willing to die for; many as martyrs. Resistance campaigns emerged ...view middle of the document...

Mack’s Café was the establishment in which the protest marchers took refuge from the troopers.6 This resulted in the peaceful activist Jimmy Lee Jackson being murdered by a state trooper after he physically protected his mother from being beaten at Mack’s Café.6
Over six hundred marchers led by the SCLC and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, SNCC, gathered in Selma to begin another solidarity march in protest.4 This march also began as another nonviolent campaign but unfortunately resulted in mayhem. The marchers were barred from continuing their journey after crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge by Alabama State Troopers and mounted police.4 A participant, Reverend Williams, attempted to reason with the officers peacefully. Shoving matches ensued, and the carnage began. Officers beat the unarmed marchers with clubs and fired tear gas into the crowd of people.4 The number of persons hospitalized varied in reports from seventeen to fifty; one woman, Amelia Boynton, was nearly beaten to death.4
The media coverage of this event was televised not only across the United States but also around the world.3 The violence was horrifying and shocking to many Americans who were unaware of the struggles for freedom in the South.3 The aggressive actions toward unarmed citizens caused heated debates as well as support for the Civil Rights Movement.4 American leaders had to take resolute action to bring peace to the nation.
Dr. King roused the national support for another march. The SCLC attempted procurement of a court order to allow the march to Montgomery; it was denied.4 The march took place nonetheless on March 9, 1965 and was known as "Turnaround Tuesday."4 After crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the 2,500 marchers were met again by state police officers. In order to stay within the law, the marchers knelt, prayed, and ultimately retreated, without confrontation.7
The members of the SNCC wanted more radical action, but continued to approach the situation in a peaceful manner.4 Dissonance began to grow between the SCLC and the SNCC due to dissent over appropriate action. The right to vote was still denied to African Americans. Dr. King fortunately was able to stabilize the discordance despite growing pessimism among the constituents.
The last and final protest march for the right to vote took place on March 21, 1965.8 The 54 mile march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama was led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Under federal protection, eight thousand nonviolent demonstrators successfully completed the march to Montgomery by March 25, 1965.8 In Montgomery the marchers were met with a "Stars for Freedom" rally, organized by sympathetic white people.
The three Selma to Montgomery marches as a composite represented the climax of the Civil Rights Movement. They occurred over a span of three weeks.8 The marches were a testament to the perseverance and verve of the African Americans to overcome racial inequalities. Eventually they were...

Find Another Essay On The March to Real Freedom

The Path to Freedom Essay

759 words - 4 pages a melodrama mixed with drama and sprinkled with enough comedy to keep it interesting. There is danger in the plight of blacks in America but it is also coupled with success. This play was sheer entertaining which is why it’s such a surprise, because you actually learn a lot during the production. The Path to Freedom was exciting and intriguing and a full use of talent and the stage. There is a lot of use of dance and music also storytelling and

The Great Journey to Freedom Essay

1470 words - 6 pages The Great Journey to Freedom The twentieth century was a great and tremendous time for Canada in their journey to gain independence from Britain. Before, Canada started demanding for freedom, they were a part of the Commonwealth of Britain. Britain controlled many countries but Canada’s actions in the twentieth century made Britain feel as if Canada needed an identity of their own. The years 1900 – 1929, saw Canada taking their first steps in

Obedience: The Odyssey to Freedom

885 words - 4 pages The word freedom is often associated with the idea of an unfettered liberty to select from a range of alternatives coupled with a sense that our actions will not affect our natural state. Catholic doctrine teaches that our choice is one of rational deliberation and voluntary subjugation to a higher force. This is natural law. Milton envisions the same teaching. Unfortunately, human nature only lends itself to the assumption of certain

The March to the Sea: Sherman’s Total War Strategy to Save the Union

1047 words - 5 pages US HistoryI-1010 Depending on geography, William T Sherman has gone down in the annuals of history as either one of the most hated or most beloved generals of Civil War. Through his March to the Sea, he became the first general in the nineteenth century to use total war against an opponent. He knew civilian anger was unescapable in wars and decided to not only use the outrage for the best military outcome, but also for the psychological and

Analysis on Article 'The Long March' and link to poems of Peter Skrznecki

1440 words - 6 pages , major rivers, dense forest and icy swamps.Whilst travelling the soldiers had passed through many provinces, each of which the Army had enforced rules to share among the community and redistributed estate, and left collections of men to help the peasants set up self-governing councils. This journey ultimately brought about the over turn of the governing powers and the establishment of communism.Analysis'The Long March' is an objective article

Inherit the Wind- Freedom to Think

2507 words - 10 pages to the threat to intellectual freedom presented by the anti-Communist hysteria of the McCarthy era. The major themes depicted in the Inherit the Wind include the intellectual curiosity, narrow-mindedness or limited perception, the importance of religion, and the relationship between the perception of others and self-worth portrayed by the characters in the play. The characters include Henry Drummond, Matthew Harrison Brady, E.K Hornbeck, Bert

The Key to Enligment and Freedom

908 words - 4 pages . “Kulfi was not thinking of the baby in her belly like a little fish. She was thinking of fish themselves. Of fish in many forms. Of fish big enough and good enough to feed the hunger that had overtaken her in the past months like a wave. She thought of fish curries and fish kebabs.” Kulfi mistreats the baby, Kulfi’s hallucination about food has complete changed her view in love and freedom. At that moment the only thing Kulfi was thinking about

Chicnano Nationalism: The Freedom to Choose

1801 words - 8 pages President Woodrow Wilson once said "National aspirations must be respected; people may now be dominated and governed only by their own consent. Self determination is not a mere phrase; it is an imperative principle of action. . . .” (1918). The use of nationalism is a call for the freedom of choice. This ideal, the freedom to choose, rings loud and clear in El Plan de Santa Barbara as well as El Plan de Aztlán. While self determination has two

The Right To Property: An Essential To Freedom

1176 words - 5 pages In John Locke’s The Second Treatise of Civil Government he says that “being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions.” John Locke stated that nearly a full century before the Declaration of Independence in 1776, yet his ideas for what freedom should entail can be found throughout not only the Declaration, but the United States Constitution as well. Locke understood that people have a

How far was Hitler responsible for the triumph of the Nazis in coming to power in March 1933?

2750 words - 11 pages The 23rd of March 1933, and the Reichstag was on the verge of passing the Enabling Act, which would effectively surrender its political powers to the Nazi dominated cabinet and Hitler. The Centre Party and National People's party capitulated, voting for the bill and thereby destroying the Weimar republic. The eighty-one Communist deputies were 'absent', on account of being imprisoned, assassinated, forced into hiding or exiled. Some of the

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood Discuss the Gileadean concept of "Freedom to, freedom from"

1318 words - 5 pages The dystopian novel, 'The Handmaid's Tale' implies the fact that there are two types of freedom, freedom to and freedom from. It is the paradox between 1980's America and Gilead that is examined continually throughout the novel and it's the ideas of 'freedom to' being a society of broad-minded morals and 'freedom from' the more controlled, restrictive society with an imposition upon individual freedom that are most prominent. In Atwood's thought

Similar Essays

The March Of Sulla To Rome

1023 words - 4 pages The march of Sulla to Rome in 88 was considered to be one of Roman history’s most notable wars due to the underlying events that have led to Lucius Sulla to march to Rome and appoint himself as the supreme ruler and dictator of Rome. Despite the fact that he only have ruled for 3 years, his background on how he managed to overthrow his opponents and change the Roman Republic are indescribably the first of its kind to happen. Many have argued

March To Freedom Essay

667 words - 3 pages During World War II, a Czechoslovakian Jewish girl named Edith Singer was able to survive the holocaust by her faith. Not only was she able to keep herself a live, but she also was able to push, and help other’s to survive. Edith does not lose her faith in God, and is able to transfer her faith into other’s that she cares for. Her faith also leads her to keep her mental health during the horrible times she and other Jewish people

The Path To Freedom Essay

1944 words - 8 pages In an effort to help free India from the British rule, Mahatma Gandhi contributed to a protest against salt taxes, which was known as the Salt March. This protest advocated Gandhi’s theory of satyagraha, or nonviolent disobedience, as the nation came together on March 12, 1930, to walk the 241 mile-long journey to the shores of Dandi to attain salt. Gandhi motivated the Indians to act robustly against the injustices of the salt taxes through

The Path To Freedom Essay

1690 words - 7 pages for days without rest or food, and were caught in storms numerous times. The safe houses gave us hope and kept us moving. Freedom has a price and all of this was included. By the time we reached Massachusetts we were exhausted, physically and mentally. We stayed in an abolitionist’s home for a few days to rest up. Then, it was time to enlist. We showed up at Camp Meigs, where we would be staying. We got in line at one of the registry tables and