The Civil Rights Movement

Madison Rounsaville

How did the civil rights movement contribute to making the United States a more equal and just society?

The civil rights movement was a very important time in history. During the 1950s-1960s the Blacks wanted to end segregation and gain equal rights. This time period was important because it helped to make the United States a more diverse country. The African Americans and Whites were completely separated before the civil rights movement. They had different bathrooms, schools, medical attention, and much more. The civil rights movement stopped this and helped to make racial equality fair.

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During the civil rights movement many different forms of protests were used. One of the protests was boycotts. The Montgomery bus boycott stopped segregation with transportation. People would walk or just carpool for over a year to show that Blacks and Whites should be equal. The Bus Boycott was a success and was one of the first victories in the civil rights movement.
Another form of protest that was used were marches. One march that the people did was to the Lincoln Memorial where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his speech "I Have a Dream." This helped pass the civil rights act and the voting act for the Blacks. This march was very important in helping with racial equality.
The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee was formed in April 1960 and was a very powerful movement. University students created a sit-in during their lunch. The students got arrested but from this act more and more people started doing them too. This was a powerful movement during the civil rights.

The Civil Rights Hall of Fame

Ella Baker: Ella Baker was an African American women who was a "behind the scenes" hero. In 1927 Ella baker joined the social activists organization. In 1940 she began her involvement as a secretary in the NAACP. She also organized the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. She was apart of so much and played an important role in the civil rights movement.
Fannie Lou Hamer: Fannie has an incredible story. When she was 44 years old SNCC members asked for volunteers to go to the courthouse to register to vote and she was the first person to raise her hand. In the courthouse her and other were jailed and beaten by the police. She was kicked out of the plantation because of this. Her courage is what makes her a hero.

"We Shall Overcome"

I chose the song "We Shall Overcome" by Pete Seeger. This song was written and became popular in 1960. It's a simple song and easy to go along with but it's about how they will get through this. It's also about getting through this time together and uniting. They fought so hard during the civil rights movement and they went through many hardships but in the end it was worth it and they did it together

We shall overcome
We shall overcome
We shall overcome, some day
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe
We shall overcome, some day

We'll walk hand in hand
We'll walk hand in hand
We'll walk hand in hand, some day
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe
We shall overcome, some day

We shall live in peace
We shall live in peace
We shall live in peace, some day
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe
We shall overcome, some day

We are not afraid
We are not afraid
We are not afraid, today
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe
We shall overcome, some day

The whole wide world around
The whole wide world around
The whole wide world around, someday
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe
We shall overcome, some day