Civil Rights Movement

By: Anthony Barei

The Movement that helped shaped the United States.

The civil rights movement is a huge event that hit history and changed America. The movement helped Blacks get equal opportunity for jobs, school, voting, and many other equal opportunity's. But with the success also came many trials such as boycotts, riots, racism, and unfortunately many deaths.

In the end, the movement was extremely successful due to some of the leaders such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and many other "unsung heroes" that played a huge role. In this newsletter, we will learn and talk about some of those people and groups that helped the civil rights movement make the United States of America an equal and just society.

Segregation Strategies and Tactics.

There were many strategies that were used to help end segregation. Some of the Tactics they used were sit-ins,boycotts, protesting marches, and other nonviolent tactics. These strategies were all very effective in getting the attention and focus on the issue and putting an end to it. A few people that really helped make a impact on this movement were Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Emmett Till, and many other people.

Martin Luther King Jr. used the Christian faith, which reminded him to always love everyone and to have hope and faith that God would help them overthrow segregation. He also was an elected leader which gave him the opportunity to speak to the community. He planned the bus boycott that ended segregation on buses.

Rosa Parks risked her life to make a difference. She sat in the white person area on the bus and refused to give up her spot. The result of this lead her to jail and sparked the bus boycott which was lead by Martin Luther King Jr. Instead of the bus rides, they arranged carpools with random strangers to get to work and wherever else they had to go. About a year later, they put an end to segregated buses.

Another strategy that was used was the sit-in strategy. The CORE group was a group of African-American's that attempted to desegregate restaurants that refused to serve blacks. They were treated harshly, abused, and assaulted; yet they continued to fight for what they believe in.

There was many more tactics and strategies that also helped end segregation and these were only a few examples of the fight, and courage that these civil rights heroes had to make a difference in our world.

A Change is Gonna Come -Sam Cooke

I was born by the river in a little tent
Oh and just like the river I've been running ever since
It's been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

It's been too hard living but I'm afraid to die
Cause I don't know what's up there beyond the sky
It's been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

I go to the movie and I go downtown somebody keep telling me don't hang around
It's been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will.

Then I go to my brother
And I say brother help me please
But he winds up knockin' me
Back down on my knees


There been times that I thought I couldn't last for long
But now I think I'm able to carry on
It's been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

Sam Boothe tells us multiple times in his song that "A change is gonna come". I chose this song because its about have the faith and the hope that one day, segregation of African-Americans would end. He also referenced a bit of God when he says "I don't know what's beyond the sky". Martin Luther King Jr. was a huge Christian that always believed God would help them and give them the strength to end the segregation; likely I think Sam had that same hope that Martin had as well.