The US Is Better Equal

Civil Rights Movement

Introduction

The civil rights movement contributed to making the United States a more equal and just society in many ways. The movement allowed African Americans their many rights that were denied to them. The African Americans used civil disobedience and non-violent protest to get their point across. They had to sacrifice and struggle in order to successfully obtain their rights. Although Racism was still present the Civil Rights movement played a key role in making the US more equal and just. Without The Civli Rights Movement it is possible that African Americans could be without their rights.

Feature article - tactics used to acquire equality

The civil rights movement was filled with hardship and loss, but also with joy and victory. There were many tactics used to get racial equality. These all fall under the idea of civil disobedience. Civil disobedience is, "is the active, professed refusal to obey certain laws, demands, and commands of a government, or of an occupying international power."(Wikipedia) in other words it is a way of rebelling from the rules in a way that doesn't use violence. One main tactic was the marches. These marches were used to show empowerment, sacrifice, and dedication. This was going to show that the African Americans weren't going to let down until they got their rights. Two marches that proved very successful were the Slema to Montgomery and march on Washington marches. Another tactic was the Montgomery bus boycott, in this the African Americans began waking or carpooling to work instead of paying for the bus. This worked especially well because most of the bus riders were black. This forced bus policies of blacks sitting in the back to be exempt. This boycott was started by a now we'll know civil rights activist Rosa Parks. Overall these were the main tactics used during the civil rights movement. They all proved successful in obtaining racial equality.

My Top five events during the civil rights movement

Montgomery Bus Boycott- 1955-1957

This is the most significant event during the Civil Rights Movement. This is because the montgomery boycott was the start and beginning of the movement that motivated African Americans to take charge and fight for their rights.



March on Washington- August 28, 1963

This march was the second most significant event. The march on Washington brought both blacks and whites together to stand against racism. About 250,000 people marched, 60,000 of them being whites.


Little Rock Central High School desegregated- 1957

The desegragation of Little Rock is the third. This was substantial because it meant blacks and whites could now attend the same schools giving African Americans equal education rights.


Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision- 1954

The Brown v. board of Ed. is fourth. This was significant because the separate but equal concept was declared unconstitutional.


Selma to Montgomery- 1965

Lastly is the 24th amendment. This is significant because it shows the dedication these people were willing to take and how they peacefully protested.

Important Civil Rights Groups

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NAACP

This organization was founded February 12, 1909. The groups purpose was clear,To ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination." Early on the organization focused on illegalizing racial discrimination. After the brown v. Board of education decision the NAACP pushed for full desegregation in the south. Unfortunately in the 1990s the group fell into debt leading to financial crises. Although this organization went through many hardships aswell as the others, it was very successfull in pushing for desegregation in schools.
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SCLC

The cause for starting the SCLC was the Montgomery bus boycott. Dr. Martin Luther King was the first president of this civil rights group. The march on Washington was organized by the SCLC where about 250,000 protesters marched to Washington to show a non-violent protest. The protest was very successful with little to no violence. Once the protesters and King made it to the Washington DC, this is where Kings famous speech "I have a dream" was administered. Overall the organization was created to help get African Americans their rights through non-violent protests (civil disobedience).