||"The Civil Rights Movement is important to me
because it signifies the experience of freedom that everyone should
have. Students should be made aware of it because they have a right
to know. The students can learn to be sensitive to other cultures
around the world as well."
- Jayshree Shah, High School Teacher
||"Civil Rights are the nonpolitical rights of all
citizens in our country, and they are guaranteed by the 13th and
14th Amendments to the United States Constitution. Sadly, some
brave and strong people have had to fight incredibly difficult
battles to win their civil rights, while others simply take civil
rights for granted.
In the South during the 1960's, black people had separate entrances
to doctors' offices, separate drinking fountains, separate
neighborhoods, and separate schools. I cannot imagine the courage
of people like Rosa Parks who have had to stand up for their own
civil rights in the face of such oppression."
- Alice Boso, High School Librarian
||"The Civil Rights Movement made me - or at least
the person I've become - possible. It opened up doors -
educational, social, political and financial - for women and people
of color. Without the courage and commitment of civil rights
activists my generation would never have realized so much of its
potential. And I would never have become an editor at a major
- Duchesne Paul Drew, Journalist
||"The Civil Rights Movement has been an on-going
theme in American history, from fighting for independence, freeing
the slaves, gaining the right to vote and even today with the
battles related to homosexuality. Even though 'all men are created
equal', someone is always fighting for that equailty."
- Wendy Winans, Team C0126872 Head Coach
||"The civil rights movement was the beginning of a
struggle that continues to this day. The civil rights movement has
made living in America a more equitable place. While there's a long
way to go, the struggle has already made it possible to sit in the
front of the bus, drink out of the same water fountain and attend
the same schools."
- Mark Angeles, Journalist
||"I believe the most important event was the
Montgomery Bus Boycott, but unfortunately, it is not as focused on
as some of the other events of the movement. The incredible bravery
of the boycotters is inspiring. I guess the strongest memory I have
of the movement was when I was a little girl in northern Ohio
watching TV coverage of the busing protests in Cleveland.
|I remember thinking how scared I'd be
if I were one of those kids. Being a teenager in the Eighties,
though, kind of ended those thoughts--we were kind of living in a
different world then, and everyone just seemed to want to be
content with the status quo for a while."
- Lara Dial, High School Teacher