Civil Rights Movement
By: Abigail Reynolds
Igniting the Fire
The Civil Rights Movement has contributed a lot to today's society and social norms. Many people throughout the United States are still against the thought that black people are equal to white people, but at the same time, the segregation has mostly died out. We don't have separate bathrooms, restaurants, hotels, etc nowadays, but the United States used to have those such things. I believe we have come a long way as a country on this particular topic, but I also believe we can continue to improve.
Tactics, Strategies, and Customs
The people involved in the Civil Rights Movement were typically drawn one way or another. There weren't many blacks who agreed with whites, nor many whites who agreed with blacks. This created a very evident barrier between different types of people, but they came up with many tactics within those groups. African American groups came up with boycotts, refusals, and speeches to get the whites to believe and understand their viewpoint on the subject matter. They just wanted to be treated equally and were not going to quit until that goal was achieved.
Although many illegal events took place, some laws were actually intact on this topic. The Jim Crow Laws made it so racial segregation in public places was illegal, and although blacks were still considered to be separate from whites, they should now be treated as equals. There were many social disadvantages to black people, meaning they couldn't obtain jobs as easily, they were given weird looks on the streets, and it was much harder for them to get an education. However, this racial difference gave them a reason to want to improve themselves and work harder, just to prove everyone wrong. They no longer wanted to be doubted and frowned upon, they wanted to be truly equal, and they were willing to work their hardest to make that happen.
Montgomery Bus Boycott
The Montgomery Bus Boycott started with the refusal of Rosa Parks to leave her spot on public bus, in order for a white man to sit down. She was arrested for her behavior, but the black community in Montgomery, Alabama created a boycott against taking any type of public transportation as a result. Their boycott lasted 381 days, starting on the day of Rosa Parks' court hearing. Martin Luther King Jr, a young minister, headed this event, and brought the African American community together.
Little Rock Nine
The Little Rock Nine was a group of nine young African American children who were selected to enroll in a Little Rock High School. Prior to them, no colored children were authorized to attend public school. They were verbally and physically attacked everyday, but getting an education was important enough to them that they dealt with every obstacle they faced.
Emmett Till was a 14 year old African American boy when he was brutally murdered by two White men. He was supposedly "flirting" with a White woman, an activity he thought was socially accepted. He was unaware that he couldn't speak with people of the White race, especially not women.
Montgomery Bus Boycott
Little Rock Nine
This song talks about how the blacks made it through this time period. It encases the feelings and thoughts of a black man who lived through the movement. The words he sings are true and powerful, and it actually brings me to tears. We can't fully understand what they went through, but this song allows us to have an insight to the craziness that is the Civil Rights Movement.
In the early stages of this group, the main focus was figuring out legal strategies to address the social issues of the time. They asked for many laws to be put into effect, some being accepted, some denied. As the NAACP gained more fame and support, more events took place. Rosa Parks was a member of the NAACP, and in 1955, she took a stand against a white man and refused to give up her seat a public bus. This was the beginning of an uproar in the black community, and eventually turned into the Montgomery Bus Boycott, led by Martin Luther King Jr. The NAACP also played a huge role in the passage of the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act.