The Civil Rights Movement

by: Casey Ross

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

The civil rights movement has contributed to making the United States a more equal and just society because the time before and during the civil rights movement was probably the time when racism was most prevalent and blatant. Black people were finally making progress to help them become equal citizens and although it took awhile, they were able to accomplish equality over time.

In this flier I am going to be talking about what the civil rights movement was as well as show you some pictures from the time.

Tactics used to gain equal civil rights

The blacks and black supporters specifically from 1954 through 1968 used many different strategies and tactics to gain their equal civil rights. A few of those are Moral Suasion, which is using someones guilt to your benefit by trying to get them to act morally; Litigation, which is using lawsuits to challenge the Jim Crow laws that were unfair to black people; Economic Boycotting, using non-violence to disrupt private activities; Civil disobedience, which is using non-violence to disrupt state-activity. Most of these can really be called non-violent and non-violence was instrumental during the civil rights movement, mostly led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

During the time of the civil rights movement television was becoming increasingly popular and so the blacks and black supporters were able to use it as a platform of which to get the message out about what they were doing and spread the word to some people who probably didn't fully know what was going on.

Another aid to people fighting for equal civil rights was funding from private businesses, companies, and individuals who wanted to help them gain their rights.

Pictures From The Civil Rights Movement

Showing that they are men too, and that people shouldn't call them "boy"
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Shows segregation at the drinking fountains
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Shows a white woman looking a bit uncomfortable sitting next to a black woman
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Selective Elements

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Nannie Helen Burroughs

Nannie Helen Burroughs was the daughter of two slaves, she was born in Orange, Virginia. In her early years she was considered an above average student and she tried to become a teacher without even having gone to college but she never did, she did get a job, however it was as an editor for a newspaper. Her key contribution to the civil rights movement was a trade-school for black girls from high school to college ages which became known as the National Training School For Women And Girls.
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Ella Baker

She was born in Norfolk, Virginia, she was inspired to join in with the civil rights movement after her grandma was whipped for refusing to marry a man that her slave owner had picked for her. She joined the Young Negroes Cooperative League and also later the NAACP where she became one of the highest ranked women on staff. Her key contribution to the civil rights movement was her creation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee which organized the freedom rides.

Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come

I have always liked Same Cooke and this is one of my favorite songs of his, in it is a description of how things were before the civil rights movement and equal rights and how things are gonna change, how they have to change, and how change is inevitable.