Civil Rights Movement

By: Keely Davis

How Civil Rights helped America

The Civil Rights Movement has contributed to an equal society in both good and bad ways. In good ways there is the equality in voting rights, jobs, and equal opportunities throughout America. Some of the bad ways it has changed society would be unjust killings, racism, and riots in different parts of the country.

Overall the Civil Rights Movement has changed America for the better and helped many Blacks gain equal rights.


In this flyer, we will discuss different people and groups that helped shape the Civil Rights Movement and why they were important.

Strategies on Segregation

Some important and effective strategies used in the Civil rights Movement included bus boycotts, marches, and protesting. These strategies shaped the Civil Rights Movement significantly and made a bigger impact on laws and many other Americans.

Rosa Parks sat in the white section of a bus and was arrested.

Emmett Till, a young fourteen year old boy, was killed in the South and his death sparked a huge revolt within Black citizens.

Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at many different events and arranged for the bus boycott to take place. His boycott lasted over a year and resulted in unsegregated buses.

A group of Black citizens sat in local segregated restaurants to prove a point about segregation and why it is bad. They sat in white seating only and were abused and terrorized by many other people.


Many different strategies were used during the Civil Rights Movement and most of them were nonviolent and proved to be effective.

"We Shall Not Be Moved" Mavis Staples

Although the song repeats much of its lyrics, it is also a very important message. She says "The union is behind us" and "Black and White together". The message within those lyrics is strong because she is saying that old days are gone and that we should move forward without segregation and without racism.

The song is a protesting song and a spiritual song about faith in God.

Lyrics

"We Shall Not Be Moved"

We shall not, we shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
Just like a tree that's standing by the water
We shall not be moved

We shall not, we shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
The union is behind us,
We shall not be moved

We shall not, we shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
We're fighting for our freedom,
We shall not be moved

We shall not, we shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
We're fighting for our children,
We shall not be moved

We shall not, we shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
We'll building a mighty union,
We shall not be moved

We shall not, we shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
Black and white together,
We shall not be moved

We shall not, we shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
Young and old together,
We shall not be moved

Important People

One important person I chose was Rosa Parks.

Rosa Parks sat in a white only seat on a nus and refused to move when asked. She was arrested after this moment and she sparked the bus boycott later on. The police were called after this historical moment and Rosa later stated that she wasn't physically tired but tired of giving in. Rosa Parks was arrested and released on bail later that night.


Emmett Till was a young fourteen year old boy who traveled to Mississippi to visit relatives when he whistled at a young white lady. that night two store owners and brothers went to the place where Emmett was staying with family and they kidnapped him. Emmett Till didn't return to his family's farm and was found dead and mauled in a nearby river.

Emmett's mother Mamie decided on an open casket at her only son's funeral to show the brutality that happens to Blacks when something goes any sort of wrong.