OUR NATION CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH this FEBRUARY!. Every February, we are asked to remember the many African-Americans in our country who struggled for civil rights .. What are civil rights ?. These are the freedoms that many of us take for granted. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
OUR NATION CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH this FEBRUARY!
Every February, we are asked to remember the many African-Americans in our country who struggled for civil rights.
What are civil rights?
These are the freedoms that many of us take for granted
They include the freedom to go to school where we want to
To work at a job of our choice and interest
To live in a house and neighborhood where we want
And to vote for our own leaders.
But not everyone in our country has always been treated equally.
Sometimes, African-Americans were treated differently and unfairly.
Not everyone has enjoyed these civil rights.
Our history is full of very brave people who fought for equality.
And many used their right of FREE SPEECH found in the First Amendment to bring about change!
Lets take a look at some of these leaders who fought for civil rights.
Sojourner Truth worked for civil rights in New York and other states in the early 1800s.
She was a speaker all over the country demanding womens rights to vote!
Frederick Douglas started his own newspaper.He wrote against slavery and traveled around the country giving speeches, telling people about his experiences as a slave.
He used his FIRST AMENDMENT freedoms to convince people about the evils of slavery.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a preacher and leader for African-Americans civil rights.
He used his freedom of speech and the press, asking for people to be judged by their contributions, not by the color of their skin.