Influence of African Americans in the 20th Century
A World Without
One day as I was walking on campus, I stopped to look around. It was a beautiful spring day. The sun was out and I could hear the birds in the singing. As I was looking I couldn't help but to realize the diversity of students that were around me. I watched their actions, as they talked among themselves one with another. Everything seemed so peaceful and quiet. I began to reflect on the past. The world had not always been like this. Blacks used to hate whites and whites hated the blacks. It made me think of how the world would be today without the influence of the African-Americans.
In 1900 blacks were barred from full and equal participation in society. No African American could serve in a position of authority over white soldiers, or fight by their sides. No black could participate in professional baseball. Blacks were "separate but equal." The future of this race looked drear. Now at the beginning of the twenty-first century, one cannot imagine an American culture that has not been shaped by the contributions of African Americans. …
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