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Martin Luther King

Color his words with beauty as King gives the I Have a Dream speech to thousands of people on August 28, 1963. His speech touched millions and accelerated the civil rights movement.Color his actions with relentlessness as he is arrested several times for breaking laws regarding prejudice and continues his efforts to stop segregation. Color his attempts with daringness as he leads six thousand protesters on a march through downtown Memphis in support of striking sanitation workers. Disorder breaks out during which black youths loot stores. One sixteen-year-old is killed and fifty people are injured.Color his soul with peace as he appeals for an end to the riots, which have proved ineffective and damaging to the civil rights cause and the entire nation. Color his thoughts with helpfulness as he announces the formation by SCLC of a Poor People s Campaign, with the aim of representing the problems of poor blacks and whites. Freedom riders

Color the freedom riders soul with determination knowing that they might not come home alive and being beaten by locals in Anniston on May 14, 1961.Color their souls with courage as they march under the supervision of law enforcers in May knowing they could be arrested. Color the KKK with guilt as there were some who apologized to blacks for beating them in the next decade.Color the town with hate as Ambulances refused to take the wounded to the hospital. Local blacks rescued them, and a number of the Freedom Riders were hospitalized.Color the police with racism as they made every attempt to arrest the freedom riders as they mage there stop in Mississippi. The Klu Klux Clan

Color their feelings with anger as they burned crosses and attack the freedom rider s busses in Anniston and beat and killed several blacks unrelentlessly.Color their souls with cowardice as they accomplished their tasks at night wearing white robes and secretly attacking blacks in the town.Color the blacks feeling with fear of being captured and hurt by KKK members in the night and being whipped, beaten, or killed.Color the town s knowledge with secrecy as they had no clue as to who may have been involved in the KKK due to the disguises the members wore. Color the government with ignorance as the actions led by the KKK were not dealt with or outlawed for their harsh and brutal manner.

Bus Boycotts

Color the boycotters mind with determination as they refused to ride the busses knowing 3/4ths of the bus riders were black to abolish this law. Color the black population with helpfulness as black cab drivers offered cab rides for the same 10 cents as a bus ride knowing the law was not to give a ride for under 45 cents. Color Rosa Parks with courage as she allowed herself to be arrested for not giving up her seat to a white man knowing the segregated bus laws of the time. Color the boycott attempt with victory when on November 13, 1956, the Supreme Court allowed black bus passengers to sit virtually anywhere they wanted, and the boycott officially ended December 20, 1956.Color the bus systems with stress as they knew they could not operate with more than half of its riders boycotting and their profits going down in large amounts.

The 1964 Civil Rights Act

Color President Johnson s feelings with stress as he is pressured by both the south and north regarding racial issues all over the country and is forced to make a decision in which side he is on.Color the government s thoughts with anti-racism as they voted 70 to 30% against segregation laws in the house and the senate.Color the blacks with relief as their right to vote and live as a normal citizen is brought to them and their lives are able to start.Color the south with anger as all that they have fought for has been destroyed by this act and they no longer have the right to treat blacks as less than normal citizens. Color black children s minds with intelligence as they are able to attend the schools and have the same opportunities as white students under this act.

Brown v. Board of Education

Color Mr. Brown with determination to allow black children to attend the same schools as white children with motivation from his own family. Color the courtroom with suspense due to the fact that a major change in segregation laws was about to take place. Color the NAACP with motivation that a man has challenged the school systems and is going to make a difference in society. Color the Supreme court with an anti-racist attitude for allowing Mr. Brown a chance to explain his situation and realize that a law was unconstitutional. Color the south with watchfulness as a major idea of their belief was being challenged in the Supreme Court.

John F. Kennedy

Color Kennedy s attitude with honor for his military service and his reaction to his boat, the PT-109 being sunk by the Japanese and him telling his men "There's nothing in the book about a situation like this. A lot of you men have families and some of you have children. What do you want to do? I have nothing to lose." Color his interactions with power for his way of handling the Cuban Missile Crisis with the Soviet leader Khrushchev when he agreed to dismantle the missile sites on October 28th 1962. He helped save the world from a nuclear war that could have ended all of humanity. Color his soul with peace for his attitude towards Latin America and communism when he said "those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable," Color his mind with intelligence for his speech about the Berlin Wall when he says "Freedom has many difficulties and democracy is not perfect, but we have never had to put a wall up to keep our people in." He earns the trust of the German people and has a huge impact on the peoples motivation to reunite Germany.Color his agreements with reasonableness for when he signed the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in 1961 with Khrushchev that decided not to allow the testing of nuclear weapons. This helped eliminate nuclear fallout in our atmosphere and all in the name of peace.

Lyndon B. Johnson

Color Johnson s morals with righteousness as he passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He overcame southern resistance and convinced congress to pass this act. Johnson made a bold move to protect the right of all individuals. Color his mind with Economic intelligence when In 1964, upon Johnson's request, Congress passed the Revenue Act of 1964 and the Economic Opportunity Act, which was in association with the war on poverty. Johnson set in motion bills and acts, creating programs such as Head Start, food stamps, Work Study, Medicare and Medicaid, which still exist today. Color his motivation with scientific interests as under his administration, NASA conducted the Gemini manned space program and the Apollo program, including Apollo 7; and the first human spaceflight to the Moon, Apollo 8, in December 1968. The president congratulated the Apollo 8 crew, saying, "You've taken ... all of us, all over the world, into a new era." Color his decisions with sacrifice as he sent thousands of men to die in the Vietnam War in 1965. Even after he could not travel without being protested his decision still remained solid as he did what he thought was right for the American people. He brought the US into a more cynical mentality. Color his actions with precaution when on October 22, 1968, Johnson signed the Gun Control Act of 1968, one of the largest and most far reaching federal gun control laws in American history.

This act represented a dramatic increase in federal power. Much of the motivation for this large expansion of federal gun regulations came as a response to the murders of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King.

Richard Nixon

Color Nixon s beliefs with acceptance as he largely ended segregated classes in the south despite the believes of southerners. Color his soul with peace as he worked to end the military draft that took so many lives. After Vietnam the draft became widely unpopular and American wanted a change. Color his visits in 1972 to Beijing and Moscow with good intentions as he reduced tensions with China and the U.S.S.R. He had a way of bringing peace and reason to people in conflict in this way.Color his mind with economic smarts as he recognized and fought against foreign oil price gouging.Color his actions with efficiency as he implemented a broad environmental program. He was largely responsible for the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).

Gerald Ford

Color his heart with forgiveness as he issued Proclamation 4311, which gave Nixon a full and unconditional pardon for any crimes he may have committed against the United States while President. In a televised broadcast to the nation, Ford explained that he felt the pardon was in the best interests of the country, and that the Nixon family's situation "is a tragedy in which we all have played a part. Color his actions with helpfulness as he requested aid for South Vietnam in a $522 million aid package. The funds had been promised by the Nixon administration, but Congress voted against the proposal by a wide margin. Color his mind with economic interest as he created the Economic Policy Board by Executive Order on September 30, 1974. In response to rising inflation, Ford went before the American public in October 1974 and asked them to "Whip Inflation Now". As part of this program, he urged people to wear "WIN" buttons. Color his decisions with forign acceptance as he continued the dtente policy with both the Soviet Union and China, easing the tensions of the Cold War. Color his thoughts with suspicion when he said the CIA destroyed or kept from investigators critical secrets connected to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He said the commission's probe put "certain classified and potentially damaging

operations in danger of being exposed". The CIA's reaction, he added, "was to hide or destroy some information, which can easily be misinterpreted as collusion in JFK's assassination".