final reflective Essay African American Civil Rights Movement (1954–1968) Racism

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Zoe Fox
Brenda Tindal
HONR 3700, T/R 2:00-3:15
December 6, 2014
Reflective Essay
Before entering into college my knowledge on the Civil Rights Movement was very
limited to the small events that our teachers and textbooks covered in school. I could recognize
the iconic names of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Malcolm X but I never truly
understood their role in the movement. In the first several weeks of this course I felt very
unknowledgeable on this movement compared to some of my other peers. Most of my history
classes in school only covered a brief summary of the movement before moving on to another
historical event in the United States. It seemed as though the different events and leaders of the
movement where common knowledge to my fellow peers. I on the other hand knew practically
nothing about th
Civil Rights Movement. Coming into this class, I knew that it was going to be
a challenge for me because I knew so little. This is exactly why I took the course because I
wanted a challenge and to be able to learn about different events in history that I was never
taught growing up. The Civil Rights Movement was never a very interesting subject to me in
school. If I am being completely honest, at first I only signed up for this class because it was one
of the only honors topics left that fit in my schedule. When I look back now I am so glad that I
took this course because I have learned so much about the Civil Rights Movement and how it has
impacted our country.
This course acted as a microscope covering the whole Civil Rights Movement from its

origination to what it has become to the current day. I believe that the main focus of this class