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In 1865 the 13th Amendment outlaws slavery and in 1868 the 14th Amendment grants equal protection of laws to blacks Although these Amendments existed white people did not always treat blacks fairly Blacks struggled for the end of segregation which meant that they were separate but equal The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was formed in 1909 There was much protest against segregation and against the unfair ways blacks were treated Famous protests were restaurant sit-ins and the Montgomery Alabama bus boycott On December 1st 1955 Rosa Parks a civil rights activist was sitting on a city bus in Montgomery Alabama Blacks were required to give their seat up to a white person and sit in the back or stand if there were no seats available When a white man told her to give up her seat she refused and was arrested by Montgomery police When other blacks herd this news they instituted bus boycott in Montgomery that started on December 5th 1955 On December 13th 1956 the United States Supreme Court outlaws bus segregation and the Montgomery bus boycott end in victory on December 21st 1956 Many protest were held against segregation Most of them were nonviolent Martin Luther King was a leader of many nonviolent protests Many of them were modeled after Ghandis Protests in India One of Martin Luther Kings famous marches was in Washington DC in 1963 where he addressed more then 250000 marchers with his famous I have a Dream speech on August 28th 1963 Near the end of the speech he began making extemporaneous references to biblical prophets Amos and Isaiah King stopped reading his speech and preached whatever came to him His speech ended with let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania But not only that let freedom ring from
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