From a young age I always liked history in school. Different periods in time that I was not alive for seemed to be something almost unreal. If the proof of it happening were not there would you believe that it happened? I learned a little about the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s briefly in school but really got a full understanding for the 1960’s in my First Year Seminar class hear at RIC. It went into all the nooks and crannies of the 1960’s and was very interesting.
While watching the videos and looking over the few articles on civil rights and Brown vs. the board of Education I found a few quotes and points I found to stand out. The first is that “on May 17,1954, the court stripped away constitutional sanctions for segregation by race, and made equal opportunities in education.” I put this in here because at the promising practices seminar on Saturday that most of us attended the keynote stated that the achievement of blacks in the United States was highest before Brown vs. Education happened. To me this shows that something was clearly working for them then and there has to be something we can do to make their achievement rise again.
Another point that was made in the YouTube video that the author of Between Barack and a Hard Place was that people of color accomplished what they desired to accomplish even under the formal white supremacy of the United States at the time. For example Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks three of the most notable. These figures in the civil rights movement really helped make the first huge crake in the glass ceiling of oppression.
If anyone else is interested in further learning about Brown vs. the Board of Education I have included this documentary in the subject.