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Social Problems
August 28, 2012
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Individual change from time to time. As the age of a person increase, emotions and other aspects of life change too. To know the change and the emotions that a person goes through as time pass by from childhood to adult stage, an interview was conducted. I interviewed my grandmother, Arlene Wims, A 72 year old African American Female from Ijamsville, Maryland; who was raised by her mother who was a teacher and her father who fought in the Vietnam War and then was a steel worker. She has 4 sisters and 1 brother.
Her childhood consists of segregation and racism still being a part of life and although there were major changes when the U.S. supreme court ruled segregation in public schools. During her childhood, television was becoming more popular and sock hops were the thing to go to for entertainment and dances.
A period of time that Arlene has experienced is in 1963, when the civil rights march on Washington DC for jobs and freedom is attended by 250,00 people where Martin Luther King delivers his famous Martin Luther King speech from the steps of the Lincoln memorial. On February 21st, 1965, Malcolm X who was a black nationalist and the organization of afro American unity was assassinated. In 1966, the Black Panthers were founded by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. In 1967, Thurgood Marshall was appointed by President Johnson to the Supreme Court; he became the first black Supreme Court justice. In 1968, Martin Luther King was assassinated by James Earl Ray in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1992, she remembers everything that had happen from the Rodney king beatings and the reason why the Los Angeles riots began. To her beliefs if the 4 police officers were not acquitted from the trial dealing with Rodney king those 6 days of rioting wouldn’t have happen. In 2008, Senator Barack Obama becomes the first African American to be elected…...

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