Civil Rights Movement
Two unsung heroes
To what degree has the Civil Rights Movement contributed to making the U.S. a more equal society?
The Civil Rights Movement has contributed to the United States being a more equal society by reminding us that ALL men are created equal. It shows us, and reminds us, that anyone can do anything by the independence of themselves. Although racism is still an issue in the U.S. today, it is not nearly as bad as it was "back in the day."
Who was Emmet Till?
Emmet Till was a young 14 year old African American was living in Money, Mississippi in the year 1955. Born July 25th 1941 in Chicago Illinois. Was an only child, and had two parents, Louis Till and Mamie Till. Emmet was murdered by two white men who repeatedly beat him and shot him in the head. Emmet's parents held an open casket funeral for his death to show how brutal and unrighteous these men were. Emmet was an encouragement to the community he lived in and surrounding areas after his death. His mother sent him to the grocery store one evening and Emmet reportedly "whistled" to the cashier; who happened to be a white female. That was the cause of his death.
Who was George Lee?
George Lee was born in 1904 in Edwards, Mississippi. George was murdered in 1955 as well, like Emmet Till. George was a very important person at this time, he became a preacher in Belzoni, he was a strong supporter of the civil rights and was a local NAACP official. And George had served as Vice President of the Regional Council of Negro Leadership; this all happening in the 1930's. George Lee had tried to vote, but the sheriff refused his poll tax payment, later Lee reported the incident to federal authorities and had been given the opportunity to vote. George had been part of a mass rally in the spring of 1955, two weeks later he was dead, reportedly killed by a car accident, but an autopsy showed lead pellets in his face, and was then reported a Klan killing.
Tactics and Strategies
African Americans started the freedom riders to oppose segregation, instead of riding buses for transportation, they car pooled, they walked, they hitch hiked, all different ways of getting to their destinations by avoiding riding buses. Doing this hurt the bus drivers and the companies, because approximately 3/4 of their passengers were black, so therefor is 3/4 of the passengers aren't riding as usual; the bus drivers and companies go bankrupt, lose more money, and or leave their job in the bus transportation industry. The reason for all this is to avoid segregation.