Impact of the Civil Rights Movement

By Ronnie Gonzalez

The Beginning of a Change

One of the most pivotal moments in history centers around the events of the 1950's and 60's in the United States. The infamous era that included Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks and many more fearless individuals who wanted a change, can be credited for being one of the largest and most successful movements ever. Since the movement, America witnessed a drastic change in the way people dealt with social stigma that is still seen today. From race and gender to sexual preferences and religious views, the civil rights movement helped people gain a more open and understanding mind on these issues.

The Path to a Better America

Throughout the civil rights movement, there were many leaders that rose to fame through their ways of taking action and making a change. One of the most well known comes from the man himself, Martin Luther King Jr. who constantly encouraged his followers to practice civil disobedience. His tactic of non-violent actions were successful through boycotts. One of the most famous being the Montgomery Buss Boycott, in which colored individuals refused to ride on buses, resulting in the banning of segregation on public transportation. Other forms of protests included sit ins and marches.

Another notorious figure during this period in history, was Malcolm X. His methods were different than the latter, as he urged people to not sit by and instead act psychically on white individuals. He believed that acting aggressive would result in the destruction of segregation. Malcolm resided with this tactic up until his assassination in 1964.

The method of patience and tolerance paid off in the end.

Unsung Heroes: The Voice Never Heard.

Nannie Helen Burroughs

Burroughs was a child born from two former slave parents. In 1907, she, along with the aid of the National Baptist Convention, was able to create a trade school for black high school girls. She was also well known for publicly speaking about the harsh reality of racial inequality. She died in 1961.

Ella Baker

Born in 1903, Baker was the granddaughter of a former slave. This ignited her interest in social justice and equality. In 1930, she joined the Young Negroes Cooperative League, a group dedicated to the future success of colored people. She later went on to become one of the highest-ranked women on the staff. Baker continued to serve as an activist and mentor for younger people, up until her death in 1986.

Five Important Events During the Civil Rights Movement

1. The Death of Martin Luther King On April 4th, 1968, MLK was assassinated. He would later go on to become one of the most important historical figures ever.

2. Montgomery Bus Boycott A mass protest by African American citizens in the city of Montgomery, Alabama, against Segregation policies on the city's public buses. It was started by Rosa Parks.

3. Brown vs. Board of Education A court case that decided to outlaw segregation in public schools. This event happened in 1954.

4. The Start of the NAACP The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People formed in 1909. This organization is widely credited for being one of the most influential in history.

5. Little Rock In High School Nine African American students who enrolled in a high school in 1957. This event became a very pivotal point in the movement.