The Civil Rights Movement

By: Brandon Hoy

Progression through time

I think the Civil Rights Movement contributed a lot to the progression America has made with racial equality. It's not perfect and that has been proven by the horrific disputes in Ferguson and Baltimore recently. But everything the African American people who were apart of the civil Rights Movement sought to achieve, has been achieved. Nothing is segregated anymore, everyone can vote, and most importantly the judicial system and government sees everyone as equal. they have all the rights that a white person has.

In this flier you will get an in depth analysis of how the people in the Civil Rights Movement worked and what tactics they used to bring attention to things that the rest of America needed to see. I will also analyse picture and explain what is happening and what impact it had on The Civil Rights Movement. And then I will analyze people who are not well known, but died for there cause and had a huge impact on The Civil Rights Movement. And lastly, I will analyze some music from the 40's and 50's that talk about Civil rights and the struggle that black people endured during this time period.

Method's of the madness that is The Civil Rights Movement

The African Americans used many different ways to stand up to the white men/ police. One thing that was consistent is that they preached non-violence in everything that they did. Because the penalty if they react violently would most likely be death. They did everything from Marches, to sit ins, and boycotting various company's owned by white people.

The first method the African Americans used during the Civil Rights Movement were marches. Often holding signs and marching down the street, African Americans were usually beaten and/ or arrested by cops. The cops would release there police dogs on the people in the march in an attempt to break it up. Or spray those marching with a fire hose. However they never retaliated. One of the largest marches in history was when thousands of African Americans marched down Washington St. and then Martin Luther King Jr gave a very famous and empowering speech know as " I have a dream".

The second method used during the Civil Right Movements was known as "sit ins". Sit ins were when a black person sat down in an only white cafe or restaurant. These black people were normally severely beaten by everyone there including the cops. sometimes even spit on and had stuff thrown at them. If they refused to leave which was the point of a sit in, after they were severely beaten. They were then arrested. One thing is for sure though they never reacted violently.

The last way they used was boycotting company's who were owned by white people. They did this in an effort to try and end segregation. They thought that if they didn't buy the white people merchandise they would lose a lot of money and stop segregating white and blacks. Usually it didn't really work. And if it did work it took a long time for the affects of the boycott on the company to show. An example of a boycott would be When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white male and she was arrested. This angered the African American community and they didn't ride the Montgomery buses because of that.

Unsung Heroes

Emmett Till

Emmett Till was an African American in his late teens from up North. He was visiting family in the South when he made remarks to a white lady. Which in this time period in the South was practically illegal. But Emmett didn't really know after all he was from the North. Later that same evening the husband of the white lady that Emmett Till had made remarks at along with his cousin came and kidnapped Emmett Till. He was severely beaten and tortured and eventually shot in the head. And put at the bottom of a river by the husband and his cousin. The two men admitted in court to killing Emmett Till and even then were found innocent. Emmett Tills dis-formed body was then sent back to his mother. At the funeral she decided to have the cast open so that everyone would realize how awful racism is. Pictures of Emmett Till stirred up a huge controversy across the country. People were finally starting to realize how awful racism was.

Jimmie Jackson

Jimmie Jackson was an African American civil rights activist and a deacon. He was clubbed and later shot by troopers during a non violent march. No charges were ever filed against the trooper who murdered Jimmie Jackson.


Founded on February 14,1957 by Martin Luther King, Jr. and a host of other ministers, this group sought to attack inequality and injustice with the use of nonviolent direct action. While it did not pioneer this tactic, SCLC successfully used this method to desegregate lunch counters, swimming pools, libraries, theaters, and a ton of other public accommodations. With MLK as its president, the SCLC succeeded in raising enough money to keep the Civil Rights Movement under the watchful eye of the American media for many years. Despite these efforts, after King began to oppose openly the Vietnam War, the organization's coffers began to dwindle and as a result, the movement entered a decline from which it never recovered.


While this interracial organization was founded in 1942, it excelled during the early and mid-1960s. Core started out by engaging in sit-in and picketing campaigns to "desegregate public accommodations in northern cities," CORE eventually became a participant in the Freedom Rides, Freedom Summer, and the Black Power Movement. Using its organizing skills to register voters and most importantly to gain national attention for civil rights activists, this organization helped to break down a number of legal barriers that for decades had prevented blacks and other minorities from exercising their constitutional rights.