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Teachers Rights: Are Blacks Not Included?

Is Education Septima Clark’s most significant accomplishment? Clark continuously

fought for educators who had been mistreated because of the way they looked. Clark was a

woman who put everything she had into getting black educators the rights they deserved. Clark’s

father was a slave, and this was one of the many attributes that encouraged Septima to start

activism. Clark knew that slavery should become unlawful, because it was a hate crime,

negatively treating people differently because they had a different skin color. Septima took part

in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference where she set up a way for African Americans

to vote as well as many other events dedicated to helping people of color, such as herself.

Participating in NAACP caused Septima Clark’s tragedy of losing her job. Septima’s tragedies

led to her triumph gaining black teachers rights, that after that led to further civil rights triumphs

throughout history.

Septima Clark started her activism for civil rights as soon as she got out of high school.

Septima Clark started her journey as a teacher in a school in Longs Island. It came to Clark’s

attention that white teachers were paid over two thirds more than black teachers were in the

school where she was teaching. According to Biography in Context, “Clark received $35 per

month as principal and teacher and her associate received $25 for teaching a class of more than

sixty students each. In comparison, white teachers taught classes with no more than eighteen

students. One teacher taught only three students. They were paid $85 per month”, this shows that

even though black teachers taught more students and had a higher role in students education,

whites still had a higher salary. After the information that Septima found about unequal salary

between white and black teachers. Septima had a protest to equalized the salary.
Further, after there was a law created that stated that no city or states employee could

participate in an activist organization. Thereafter this law was created, Septima was fired from

her job due to the fact she participated in the National Association of Advanced Colored People.

Soon after losing her job, Septima was wary of what would happen to black students if only

whites taught their classes, so she started a petition. The petition that she started showed that the

majority of colored parents wanted their children to be taught by colored teachers. From the

article Septima Clark - Liberation Through Education it is shown that Clark's petition would

allow blacks to be teachers and principles, within a day Clark got over a thousand signatures in a

day. The petition was then taken as a serious matter and was further investigated, which led to

colored teachers getting their jobs back. This further led equality between whites and blacks.

Clark started another petition because there was a law that said that blacks could not teach at

public schools. Unfair treatment from whites caused people of color to fight for equal rights,

which is how the Civil Rights Movement began. Septima Clark is known as the “Grandmother of

Civil rights” for how she consistently fought for civil rights throughout her life; even in her

eighties she never gave up on equality. All in all, Septima Clark's hard work paid off in the end,

leading to equality between colored and whites.

After several years of working to get black teachers rights, Septima Clark was fired due to

the fact that she took part in the NAACP. The National Association of Advanced Colored People

was an organization to help people of color gain rights and were a support group. In Charleston,

there was a law that forbade public employees to participate and have a role in organizations

such as the NAACP. In turn, Clark was fired from her profession as a teacher due to the fact that

she was a participant in the National Association of Advanced Colored People. After this
unappealing event in Clark's life, she then had to find a way to make due. Clark later found a job

in Tennessee, where she was falsely accused of drug and alcohol possession, which eventually

led to her getting arrested and losing her job as a teacher in Tennessee. After losing her job for

the second time, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. found her and offered her a job. He offered her to

work with him in Georgia where Septima filled the roles of teaching classes for the schools that

did not have any. After being wrongly incriminated, she began to join and work with Dr. Martin

Luther King Jr. in his journey for equal rights for people of color . After her release, Dr. Martin

Luther King Jr. came to her and proposed that she should join and work with him in Georgia, in

which Clark kindly accepted. In the state of Georgia, Septima worked to fill in the empty roles at

schools and helped organize ways for education to be the priority amongst children and parents

no matter what age, skin color, personality, or ethnic background. Her false charges of illegal

drugs and alcohol possession had only made her stronger. From Septima Clark - Liberation

Through Education on Infinite Fire it can be seen that ¨ the state of Tennessee revoked the

school’s charter, shut down its many buildings, and arrested the teachers, including Septima, on

trumped up charges”, meaning that not only was Septima arrested other teachers also suffered.

Septima’s fight in activism led to blacks getting balanced literacy and civil rights in

America. Septima’s first move was getting black teachers equal pay, and blacks were being paid

less than one-third of the whites salary leaving the black teacher to have barely enough to make

due.​ According to Biography in Context “value of schoolhouses in South Carolina for whites

was more than $5 million compared to a little over $600,000 for blacks”​, this proves that blacks

were not treated or respected the same way that whites were. Clark’s protests proved that that

blacks are capable of obtaining the same amount of authority as whites. Septima gained all
teachers black and white to teach all students, changing education in America as a whole. This

led to leveling out the playing field between whites and blacks in at least one aspect. Septima

Clark going through these protests led to the equality between blacks and whites in civil and

literary rights. In conclusion, Septima Clark’s part in the Civil Rights Movement had a high

significance in social change throughout America.

Although Septima faced challenges, she never let them stop her. Clark was stuck between a

rock and a hard place. Fighting for rights gave Septima Clark her purpose, and Clark put

everything she had into getting people the rights they deserved. At the time of Clark’s activism,

women were not seen the same as men, but women started being bolder and changing their

lifestyles. Throughout the 1920s women started getting jobs and dressing differently. The 1920s

was a turning point, but to be a black woman during this time was not easy, racism was harsh,

and women were looked down upon by men. Not only did Clark have trouble gaining rights for

those who deserve it but she also did not a say in any matters.

Septima Clark was not able to a to a real high school, Clark had to go to a teacher that lived

near the school due to the fact that her parents could not pay for her to go to school. According

to Charleston Raconteurs ¨When Septima graduated from sixth grade, there was no public high

school for black children in Charleston”, this means that Clark was unable to go to High School

because there was not one available for her. Not being able to go to a real school is one of the

reasons that Clark wanted to become a teacher. Giving children what she could not have was a

privilege to Clark. No matter what came her way Clark never gave up. Clark was also one of the

first people in her family to get a college degree. That being said it was clear that Clark had a

passion for education. Clark’s passion for education led her down the road to becoming a teacher
furthering her ability to help other children and people become educated so they can provide for

themselves further.

To sum up, the evidence that has been stated, throughout history, Septima Clark fought for

blacks rights mainly through education. From her tragedies came a more significant outcome

where, throughout America, civil and literacy rights were gained for all people and citizens

despite their ethnic backgrounds. Clark’s involvement in two organizations, NAACP and SCLC,

led to a significant triumph throughout American history. In the end, Septima’s tragedies and

hard times helped the greater good of America, gaining civil right for people of color was a huge

turning point for equal rights in America. Her achievements and efforts helped change the course

of history throughout the entire United States and gave an example of how people of all races

should be treated.

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Is Education Septima Clark’s most significant accomplishment? Clark continuously fought

for educators who had been discriminated against because of the way they looked. Clark was a

woman who put everything she had into getting black educators the rights they deserved. Clark’s

father was a slave, and this was one of the many attributes that encouraged Septima to start

activism. Clark knew that slavery should become unlawful, because it was a hate crime,
negatively treating people differently because they had a different skin color. Septima took part

in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference where she set up a way for African Americans

to vote as well as many other events dedicated to helping people of color, such as herself.

Participating in NAACP and SCLC caused Septima Clark’s tragedy of losing her job. Septima’s

tragedies led to her triumph gaining black teachers rights, that after that led to further civil rights

triumphs throughout history.

Septima Clark started her activism for civil rights as soon as she got out of high school.

Septima Clark started her journey as a teacher in a school in Longs Island. It came to Clark’s

attention that white teachers were paid over two thirds more than black teachers were in the

school where she was teaching. According to Biography in Context, “Clark received $35 per

month as principal and teacher and her associate received $25 for teaching a class of more than

sixty students each. In comparison, white teachers taught classes with no more than eighteen

students. One teacher taught only three students. They were paid $85 per month”, this shows that

even though black teachers taught more students and had a higher role in students education,

whites had a higher salary. After the information that Septima found about unequal salary

between white and black teachers Septima had a protest to equalized the salary.

Further, after there was a law created that stated that no city or states employee could

participate in an activist organization. After that this law was created, Septima had gotten fired
from her job due to the fact she participated in the National Association of Advanced Colored

People. Soon after losing her job, Septima was wary of what would happen to black students if

only whites taught their classes, so she started a petition. The petition that she started showed

that the majority of colored parents wanted their children to be taught by colored teachers. From

the article Septima Clark - Liberation Through Education it is shown that Clark's petition would

allow blacks to be teachers and principles, within a day Clark got over a thousand signatures in a

day. The petition was then taken as a serious matter and was further investigated, which led to

colored teachers getting their jobs back. This petition further led equality between whites and

blacks. Clark started another petition because there was a law that said that blacks could not

teach at public schools. Unfair treatment from whites caused people of color to fight for equal

rights, which is how the Civil Rights Movement began. Septima Clark is known as the

“Grandmother of Civil rights” for how she consistently fought for civil rights throughout her life;

even in her eighties she never gave up on equality. All in all, Septima Clark's hard work paid off

in the end, leading to equality between colored and whites.

After several years of working to get black teachers rights, Septima Clark had been fired

because she took part in the NAACP. The National Association of Advanced Colored People

was an organization to help people of color gain rights and were a support group. In Charleston,

there was a law that forbade public employees to participate and have a role in organizations
such as the NAACP. In turn, Clark was fired from her profession as a teacher due to the fact that

she was a participant in the National Association of Advanced Colored People. After this

unappealing event in Clark's life, she then had to find a way to make due. Clark later found a job

in Tennessee, where she had been falsely accused of drug and alcohol possession, which

eventually led to her getting arrested and losing her job as a teacher in Tennessee. After losing

her job for the second time, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. found her and offered her a job. He

offered her to work with him in Georgia where Septima filled the roles of teaching classes for the

schools that did not have any. After being wrongly incriminated, she began to join and work with

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his journey for equal rights for people of color. After her release,

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to her and proposed that she should join and work with him in

Georgia, in which Clark kindly accepted. In the state of Georgia, Septima worked to fill in the

empty roles at schools and helped organize ways for education to be the priority amongst

children and parents no matter what age, skin color, personality, or ethnic background. Her false

charges of illegal drugs and alcohol possession had only made her stronger. From Septima Clark

- Liberation Through Education on Infinite Fire it is found that ¨ the state of Tennessee revoked

the school’s charter, shut down its many buildings, and arrested the teachers, including Septima,

on trumped up charges”, meaning that not only was Septima arrested other teachers also

suffered.
Septima’s fight in activism led to blacks getting balanced literacy and civil rights in

America. Septima’s first move was getting black teachers equal pay, and blacks were being paid

less than one-third of the whites salary leaving the black teacher to have barely enough to make

due. According to Biography in Context “value of schoolhouses in South Carolina for whites

was more than $5 million compared to a little over $600,000 for blacks”, this proves that blacks

were not treated or respected the same way that whites were. Clark’s protests proved that that

blacks are capable of obtaining the same amount of authority as whites. Septima gained all

teachers black and white to teach all students, changing education in America as a whole. Clark's

protests led to leveling out the playing field between whites and blacks in at least one aspect.

Septima Clark going through these protests led to the equality between blacks and whites in civil

and literary rights. In conclusion, Septima Clark’s part in the Civil Rights Movement had a high

significance in social change throughout America.

Although Septima faced challenges, she never let them stop her. Clark was stuck between a

rock and a hard place. Fighting for rights gave Septima Clark her purpose, and Clark put

everything she had into getting people the rights they deserved. At the time of Clark’s activism,

women were not viewed the same as men, but women started being bolder and changing their

lifestyles. Throughout the 1920s women started getting jobs and dressing differently. The 1920s

was a turning point, but to be a black woman during this time was not easy, racism was harsh,
and women were looked down upon by men. Not only did Clark have trouble gaining rights for

those who deserve it but she also did not a say in any matters.

Septima Clark was not able to a to a real high school, Clark had to go to a teacher that lived

near the school because her parents could not pay for her to go to school. According to

Charleston Raconteurs ¨When Septima graduated from sixth grade, there was no public high

school for black children in Charleston”, this means that Clark was unable to go to High School

because there was not one available for her. Not being able to go to a real school is one of the

reasons that Clark wanted to become a teacher. Giving children what she could not have was a

privilege to Clark. No matter what came her way Clark never gave up. Clark was also one of the

first people in her family to get a college degree. That being said it was clear that Clark had a

passion for education. Clark’s passion for education led her down the road to becoming a teacher

furthering her ability to help other children and people become educated so they can provide for

themselves further.

To sum up, the evidence that has been stated, throughout history, Septima Clark fought for

blacks rights mainly through education. From her tragedies came a more significant outcome

where, throughout America, civil and literacy rights were gained for all people and citizens

despite their ethnic backgrounds. Clark’s involvement in two organizations, NAACP and SCLC,

led to a significant triumph throughout American history. In the end, Septima’s tragedies and
hard times helped the greater good of America, gaining civil right for people of color was a huge

turning point for equal rights in America. Her achievements and efforts helped change the course

of history throughout the entire United States and gave an example of how people of all races

should be treated.