The Civil Rights Movement is the story of the struggle of African-American people and their fight for equality. Although exceptional leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Ralph Abernathy fought long and hard and carried the burden of the movement on their shoulders, they were not alone. The struggle was fueled by the commitment and the hard work of thousands of everyday people who decided that the time had come to take a stand.
The fight for equal educational opportunities for African-American students has left its indelible mark on the history of the state of Alabama. Alabama fought to maintain its binary public educational system. Through numerous memorable demonstrations and landmark cases African-Americans were finally able to achieve its worthwhile goal of equal education.
Education played a very important part in civil rights history. Much time and effort has been spent on education for the black community. It was only right and fair that all people regardless of skin color be granted an equal opportunity to earn a decent education. Protests and other events that took place on the campuses of educational institutions all over the United States have made national headlines. The issue of equality in regards to educational has remained at the vanguard of the civil rights movement long after these events took place. By taking a glance at the changes in education between the 1950s and
the 2000s, we will be able to see what effect the Civil Rights Movement has had on the educational system of Alabama.
Segregation and racism were most widely applied in education. In the South, schools’ finances were a contributor in the problem of civil rights and equal education. The schools that received the lowest amount of financial assistance were located in the less affluent areas. Coincidentally, this problem became a growing concern for many people. Although this problem was more prevalent in the South, it was not only restricted to the
Southern states. Within the South, the ideology that was indoctrinated was that in order to keep the natural order of society, African-Americans should be keep un-educated. An educated African-American could become a danger and a threat to the way of life for many whites in the South. Some people clung to the belief that African-Americans were incapable of learning anything other that the most rudimentary facts and so any attempt at a proper education was a wasted effort. The despicable and long tolerated “Jim Crow Laws” hung ominously over the South like storm clouds threatening to burst into a tornadic rage at any given moment. The name Jim Crow is a label that was given to the segregation laws enacted by state lawmakers, mainly in the South. Although these laws were in place to prohibit African-American citizens in many areas of daily life, a key factor was education. Education is the doorway to improving one’s life. Without a good education no one could advance themselves in...