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MLK'S DREAM OF EQUALITY TODAY
Transcript of MLK'S DREAM OF EQUALITY TODAY
TODAY BY: Sarah Dyer and Kendall Markland Have African Americans achieved
Martin Luther King's dream of
equality? "State and local laws in the United States
enacted between 1876 and 1965.
They mandated racial segregation in all
public facilities in Southern states." OPRAH
WINFREY one of
in the world... As America, we went from this... To this... FROM THIS... TO THIS... Black's being successful in a
high education Percent
poverty... The gap of
Black vs. White
is closing year
by year... TALK SHOW HOSTS: The Civil Rights Act is passed by Congress, which grants African Americans the same equal rights as whites. 1866 1876 Jim Crow laws are established. 1890 Jim Crow Laws: Poll tax is enacted by Mississippi to try to keep African Americans from voting. Plessy vs. Ferguson: "separate but equal," public facilities for whites and blacks are legal. 1896
Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus to a white person leading to boycotts of the bus systems. 1955 Military soldiers escort nine African American students to desegregate a school in Little Rock, Arkansas. 1957 Four African American college students hold a sit-in to integrate a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., launching a wave of similar protests across the South. 1960 The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) begins to organize Freedom Rides throughout the South to try to de-segregate interstate public bus travel. 1961 More than 200,000 people walk the "March on Washington, DC". Martin Luther King gives his "I have a dream" speech. 1963 President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act, which gives the federal government far-reaching powers to prosecute discrimination in employment, voting, and education. 1964 Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated. 1968 Timeline of African American History: PERCENT OF ADULTS AGE 25 AND OLDER WITH AT LEAST A HIGH SCHOOL DEGREE In 1965, only 25% of African Americans (25 or older) had, at least, a high school degree Today, 84.5% of African Americans (25 or older) have, at least, a high school degree. That's more than 3 times the amount from 1965. Successful African Americans: HER ACHIEVEMENTS: • IN 1983, SHE GOT HER OWN TALKSHOW: THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW
• CREATED OPRAH WINFREY LEADERSHIP ACADEMY FOR GIRLS
• NAMED BY TIME MAGAZINE AS ONE OF THE 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE OF THE YEAR
• RECEIVED A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FROM THE DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS AND AWARD FOR TOP TALK SHOW HOST ACTORS: MORGAN FREEMAN •NOMINATED FOR ACADEMY AWARDS FOR HIS PERFORMANCES IN STREET SMART, DRIVING MISS DAISY, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION AND INVICTUS
•RECEIVED AN ACADEMY AWARD FOR MILLION DOLLAR BABY
•HAS ALSO WON A GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD AND A SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARD
•FORMED THE GRENADA RELIEF FUND TO AID PEOPLE AFFECTED BY HURRICANE IVAN, NOW KNOWN AS PLANIT NOW HIS ACHIEVEMENTS SIDNEY POITIER •IN 1963, BECAME THE FIRST BLACK PERSON TO WIN AN ACADEMY AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR
•IN 1967, HE WAS THE TOP BOX OFFICE STAR OF THAT YEAR
•NAMED AMOUNG THE GREATEST MALE STARS OF ALL TIME
•WAS AWARDED THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM THE USA'S HIGHEST CIVILIAN HONOR
•WAS CHOSEN BY THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES TO RECIEVE AN HONORARY AWARD HIS ACHIEVEMENTS Interracial marriages Today, interracial marriage has increased more than 7 times the amount since 1960, proving that African Americans are becoming more accepted. Sidney Poitier was famous for his roles that revolve around the race of the characters he played. In "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" he plays a man who is engaged to a white woman. AND TODAY? Example: A black male could not offer his hand or any other part of his body to a white woman, because he risked being accused of rape. http://www.ferris.edu/jimcrow/what.htm Racial Breakdown of Major League
Sports... Basketball (NBA):
Asian: 1% Football (NFL):
Hispanic: 1% http://www.pbs.org/wnet/aaworld/timeline/building_01.html
http://www.chineseorjapanese.com/racial-breakdown-us-sports/ After taking a walk through the
1900's until now, it is clear that
the American Society has improved with racism and the
equality of Blacks vs. Whites, but
the issue with all of this racism still has not been fully cured but we are improving day by day, year by year and that is what matters the most.