Civil Rights Essay

Directions:
For the summative of the Civil Rights unit you will be writing a mini-essay about civil rights legislation and civil rights activists. You will need to do a little background research once again on the legislation you went through during the station’s activity. You will need to use those primary sources in the essay itself. Refer back to the Civil Rights activists that you researched. The only legislation that you can refer to are the ones that you directly came in contact with during the station’s activity. For the Civil Rights activist, you can only use the ones from the table that you filled out earlier in the unit. If you would like to choose a different activist you must tell me before doing it so I can approve it.

Writing Prompt:
You will be writing a 2-3 page paper on the civil rights legislation and activism that we have gone through in this unit. You must pick what you think is the two most important pieces of civil rights legislation to the movement. Once you have picked the two pieces of legislation that you think are the most important you must explain why these pieces of legislation are the most important. You also need to use quotes from the pieces of legislation to support your answer. Connect the movement to one of the Civil Rights activists that you think was the most influential with helping get the legislation passed for the Civil Rights Movement. After you pick what activist you think is the most important you must explain your answer. Finally, connect the laws passed and the documentary to today’s current situation of equality.
Which two pieces of civil rights legislation do you think are the most important to the Civil Rights Movement and why?
Which civil rights activists do you think were the most influential and helped to get civil rights legislation passed?
You can talk about ways they got their message out or quote speeches they gave for evidence.
After all the fighting for civil rights and equality in the past of the United States do you think the fight is over or does America have more steps to take?
How can you as a citizen use your power to help make changes to help improve the situation?
Writing Guidelines:
2-3 pages
12 points font Times New Roman
Double Space
At least 2 quotes or in-text citations.
Title

14th In 1964, Congress passed Public Law 88-352 (78 Stat. 241). The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Provisions of this civil rights act forbade discrimination on the basis of sex, as well as, race in hiring, promoting, and firing.

15th Passed by Congress February 26, 1869, and ratified February 3, 1870, the 15th Amendment granted African American men the right to vote