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The Fight For Civil Rights

The fight for civil rights was a very big conflict.  Just in case you don’t know, a conflict means an argument.  Like the war we’re having against the Iraqis.

You ready to travel back in time?  I bet you’re pretty used to that.  Whoosh!

Okay, this is the time before Martin Luther King, Jr. said his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.  At this time, black people and white people couldn’t go to the same schools.  Also, another classroom catastrophe is that the black kids had to walk to school while the white kids usually took the bus.  Also, most of the time, white people and black people couldn’t be friends with eachother.  Black people also couldn’t go to the same restrooms and places as white people.  Talk about unfair!

But then there came Rosa Parks.  Now, she wasn’t Martin Luther King’s wife.  She got arrested for breaking the black people law.  The law was that she had to give up her bus seat to a white person.  But she refused.  The cops were called and Rosa got arrested.  Then there came Dr. King. 

And King was a good last name, trust me!  He practically changed the law and white people and black people could live together.  But here’s how he changed it.  Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial, facing the reflecting pool.  Here is a picture of the Memorial overlooking the reflecting pool:

He also went from state to state, raising protests and helping people.  He was finally assassinated.  I hope you all feel pretty sorry for him.  The person who shot him was a white person who wanted the law to be the way it was again.  But the laws never went back to what Martin stopped. 

Here’s some more about conflicts.  There can be minor conflicts, such as an argument over who owns a jump rope.  And there can be very big conflicts, like wars.  But did you know that wars can be started over the smallest things? So if a small conflict happens, sum it the good way before it turns into a war.

This was based on my class unit called “Solving it Myself.”  It’s all about conflicts.


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  1. crt / Sep 4 2007 1:04 pm

    Hey Miles,

    This is a very important lesson, I sure hope lots of folks read it and take it to heart. Sometimes it makes me a little sad to think that we are still fighting some conflicts even today– we ought to know better, don’t you think?

    But I’m glad to see this unit in your virtual classroom, so we can learn and get better at solving things ourselves!

    Your friend from AAP,

  2. Grandma / Sep 4 2007 11:41 pm

    It’s Gramma again…Yes, a very important thing in our history and something that Grandpa and I lived thru…Life is better now but there is always things we can do to make it better and getting along with other people and respecting each other is a real big thing.
    LOVE you LOTS

  3. Rock The Boat / Apr 24 2010 10:48 am

    Grandma KNOWS what’s goin down. We need to hear GRANDMA bust out some old school rhymes; bring the noise on the real issues facing the world outside of the USA. In Angola, for example. REP IT, Grams…

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