I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What happened on December 1, 1955, to initiate the forward movement of the Civil Rights Movement?

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man. According to Alabama state law, Mrs. Parks should have vacated her seat to allow the white man to sit down. Mrs. Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat.

2. What happened on December 5, 1955?

On December 5, 1955, African Americans began a boycott. Because of the arrest of a local community activist Rosa Parks, the African American community decided to protest her arrest.

3. According to King's speech "Our Struggle," why did many black men lose their self-respect?

According to King's speech, many black men lost their self-respect for many reasons. Martin Luther King, Jr., believed that black men lost their self-respect because of having been separated from their culture, slavery, poverty, and deprivation.

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