Civil Rights Movement

By. Bryce Dole

A Movement of Universal Justice.

The Civil Rights Movement was crucial in the American progression towards equality among citizens. It finally was the stern, aggressive push forward that the African American public needed for the White dominant culture to consider the needs of the segregated African Americans, and think about a coexisting culture to benefit their mixed society of competing cultures. In this article you will see evidence in facts, comparisons and dissimilar aspects, pop culture, and over arching themes that will justify how the Civil Rights Movement effected American Society. Ultimately, the Civil Rights movement was the moment where the white public reviewed their actions, and how morally justifiable they were, and the African American public received an eternal voice.

Non-Violent Explosion.

The methods used by African Americans were non-violent, but still very powerful in the feel of protest. By committing to showing people a mirror of sorts by resisting without violence, it doomed the White public to see themselves as beating innocent, harmless people, just like how they had used and abused the innocent African American public for centuries before. The cruel ways that the White public treated the resisting blacks at least started showing the reality of how justifiable racism really was. Innocent people like Emmett Till, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner were all innocent African Americans that were abused and killed, and sparked a fire in the Civil Rights movement.

Emmett Till Was a 14 year old African American boy from Chicago who was murdered for whistling at a white women. He was forced to carry a 75 pound cotton gin fan to a river, strip his clothes, and then had his eye gouged out, was shot in the head, and then was thrown into the river tied to the cotton gin with barbed wire. His murderers Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, were not convicted of murder despite the clear evidence, and the later confession that they did. Fury from injustices such as these was what divided the African American public from the Caucasian public, because they didn't attack the White people, they simply and silently resisted, which made a greater impact.

Atrocities such as the Emmett Till case were what sparked the courage to stand in front of the white public. The sense of belief and confidence finally breathed through Civil Rights activists, and they knew that the weakness in the White society was not aggression, but confusion, and lost control.

James chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Shwerner.

These three Civil Rights Workers were, like Emmett Till, key factors in sparking the fire of the Civil Rights Movement. The three had been attempting to register African Americans to vote in Mississippi and had gone to investigate the burning of a black church where they were arrested for trumped-up chargers, and were released that night into the hands of the Ku Klux Klan. The Klan was working with the county's law enforcement to take the three, and beat and kill them. the case was let down by the FBI because of the lack of evidence. The federal government then ordered he FBI to arrest 18 men connected with the Klan, seven of which were convicted to serve between three and ten years in prison, none served more than six. This showed the White public that even their race understood that racism was morally incorrect, and the only thing keeping it going was fear.

Civil Rights Top Ten Moments.

5. Emmett Till Murder: A young, innocent boy is beaten and killed because he whistled at a white women, and his murders are set free. Gave the Civil Rights movement emotion and life.

4. Rosa Parks: A respectable, old black lady refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man, and was arrested. Showed that the African American could be strong and fight against oppression.

3. Little Rock Arkansas: Nine African kids are forcibly integrated into a high school in Little Rock Arkansas. Was the first time when the federal government stepped in to promote civil rights.

2. Montgomery Bus Boycott: Thousands of African Americans in Montgomery, Alabama resisted riding the bus to work for over a year because of Rosa Parks. Was the first mass cooperative effort in the Civil Rights movement that really gave the segregated public a stand and a voice.

1. I Have A Dream: Martin Luther King Jr. gives a speech at the national mall dreaming of a time when all men who are created equal are equal. Is remembered as finally giving the African American public a sense of freedom and life, and instigated the undying desire for equality amongst African Americans.