Civil Rights Movement
By Stacie Keller
To what degree has the civil rights movement contributed to making the United States a more equal and just society?
We still have prejudice and racism in the United States, but most are accepting of everyone regardless of their skin color or ancestry. The Civil Rights Movement wasn't that long ago, and there are still people alive today that were raised to treat people differently based on the way they look. It's not perfect and there are still many problems involving racism, but it is getting better.
Throughout the rest of this flyer, you will learn a little bit about the people involved in the civil rights movements that aren't talked about as much, how they survived the discrimination, and a song that helped people to learn about that time.
The first thing that really started to promote non-violence was Rosa Parks and her refusal to give up her seat. They were testing how racist the people on the buses were. This act lead to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and from there even more. After the Bus Boycott Martin Luther King Jr. went to President Eisenhower to try to get a White House Conference on Civil Rights, but was denied. This led to the prayer march on the Lincoln Memorial.
As things started to progress, more tactics were being used, such as sit-ins. One of the most famous sit-ins was in North Carolina at a lunch counter at a Woolworth's. This was made up mostly of students who were previously harassed for sitting at that very lunch counter. Since then many more sit-ins had been done.
One of the many horrible things that happened to protestors were the firefighters blasting them with their power hoses. That didn't stop them.
Emmett Till was one of the many martyrs who never got much recognition. He died because of his skin color and the murderers got away with it.
Martin Luther King Jr.
He was a civil rights activist and Baptist minister who first stepped up as a leader during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. He focused on non-violent protests.