Civil Rights = Equality

LaKylie Moreland

The Power of Silent Rebels

The civil rights movement had a huge impact on showing how important equality really is. Every thing was separated in the 1950's. African Americans found it very unfair and held non-violent protests: sit-ins and boycotts. Whites came to realization that it wasn't fair, so the first step was to make things "separate but equal." Both races were giving the same opportunities but not allowed to use the same area. Whites usually had better/nicer areas than the blacks, but it was viewed as fair because the blacks still had the same "luxury". Further protests happened before whites realized segregation was not right. Schools became integrated along with many other things. The United States still deals with racism to this day, but it has been greatly improved. We are, for the most part, treated equally.

Steps to Success

Non-violent protests are a major contribution to the freedom. It started with simply refusing to give in to the ridiculous requests regarding segregation. Rosa Parks is the most famous for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on the bus. That resulted in bus boycotts, which led to integration of all city buses.

When president Eisenhower refused to hold a White House Conference on Civil Rights, SCLC led a prayer march consisting of 25,000 people on the Lincoln Memorial. Speakers shot for non-violent resistance against the struggle, boycotts, and sit-ins, and strikes. The Civil Rights Act of 1957 was created on behalf of African Americans still unable to vote in southern states. It was in the media about non-violent sit-ins - comics, newspapers, and manuals. More and more sit-ins occurred, resulting in integrated lunch counters.

King and the SCLC began emphasizing economic justice, including desegregating housing, schools, and work places. In the process of all the struggle, there were many arrested and some murdered. It did not go to waste. All the sit-ins, boycotts, and movements helped them achieve rights. Equality is still on its way.

The Big 5

  • 14th Amendment- Grants citizenship to African Americans. It forbids deprivation of any race to their rights.
  • Jackie Robinson- He is the first African American to make it into major league. He overcame many obstacles to achieve his goals.
  • "I Have a Dream" Speech- MLK gave his famous I had a dream speech. He wanted to support the movement by pushing blacks to keep going even though it was hard. King was later assassinated by James Earl Ray
  • Baptists Church Bombing- A racially motivated attack on September 15th by the members of the Klu Klux Klan.
  • March from Selma to Montgomery- The purpose was to help blacks in the south to register to vote. It resulted in some being severely beaten by police. Another march led by MLK made it to a prayer session on Edmund Pettus Bridge, then a third march without police intervention from Selma to Montgomery.

Song of Strength

This song represented the determination of those in the Civil Rights movement in the face of government and social oppression, “like a tree that stands by the water, we shall not be moved.” It comes from the African American gospel song "I Shall Not be Moved" Their faith in God is showing them how strong they really are. I think it is a very touching song. I know that if I endured what they did, I would surely lose faith and hope. I think it is truly amazing how they did not.