The Civil Rights Movement

By. Molly Torgerson

To what degree has the civil rights movement contributed to making the United States a more equal and just society?

The civil rights movement contributed to making the United States a more equal and just society tremendously. The movement began the stop of segregation. It stopped the separate restaurants, theaters, and toilets. It also led to the right of voting for African Americans. The movement was non-violent and peaceful. The rights that were won were not achieved through violence which was a huge step for the United States. Also led to woman fighting for equal rights and equality.

Civil Rights Tactics and Strategies

The Civil Rights Movement was sort of peaceful war. One side tried fighting with non-violence, the other side sometimes retaliated with violence. Tactics that were used by the Civil Rights activists: boycotts, marches, and rallying speeches.

An example of a boycott that truly impacted society and showed people that they were serious with this movement was the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The boycott took place for over a year. All African American women and men refused to ride public transformation until given equal rights as White men and women. The boycott was non-violent but had a huge impact because not only did it effect the bus business but it effected the business around town. After a year, the movement made progress for their equal rights.

Marches and speeches were also very impacting tactics. Those were also non-violent. These marches and speeches really united everyone that was working for Civil Rights movement. The other side of the fight at times retaliated with violence. For examples, the police would use excessive force on peaceful marchers and hate groups were still active. One thing is for sure though, the peaceful strategies and tactics of the Civil Rights activists really made the long term impact.

The Unsung Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement

Emmett Till was born on July 25th 1941 in Chicago Illinois. He died on August 28th 1955 in Money Mississippi. He was visiting family down in the South when he was brutally murdered by Milam and Roy Bryant after Till supportable said something to Roy Bryant's wife. Where he was from the rules and regulations weren't as strict. He probably didn't know he was doing anything wrong. He became an unsung hero for the Civil Rights movement when his mother kept his casket open at his funeral so people could see the true damage and pain that was placed on her 14 year old son. After people saw Emmett Till's body it drove the movement. The death of Emmett Till would not go unforgotten.

Dorothy Height was born on March 24th 1912. She passed away on April 20th 2010. At the age of 25 she was already an active civil rights activist. She fought for rights for African Americans and women. She was good friends with Eleanor Roosevelt and helped with the movement of desegregation of public schools. Height organized something called "Wednesdays in Mississippi". These were meetings where both black and white woman came together and talked about the understanding of equal rights. She was some how involved in these groups: African-American Women for Reproductive Freedom, Leadership Conference of Civil Rights, National Black Family Reunion, National Council of Negro Women, and many more. She was not as popular as some of the other civil rights activist but she efficiently made a difference.

A Civil Rights Song: Sam Cooke, A Change is Gonna Come

Above is the link to the song and its lyrics.

This song is focused on talking about the change that the Civil Rights Movement is going to bring to society. It also talks about how the "brother" has knocked him back down; that is focusing on the White society pushing back against the progress. The hardships of the times are mentioned throughout the lyrics, such as dying, and the hard living conditions. The song is very hopeful and has deep underlining meanings.