Civil Rights Movement
By: Chesley Lindsey - Period 4
I Have A Dream
The March on Washington that had over 200,000 attendees. Also the place in which Martin Luther King Jr gave his most famous speech.
Peace full protests were the norm of the movement. One of the things that blacks were fighting for was the right to sit at diner counters. Something so simple, but worth the risk.
The use of media was vital when it came to spreading the distress in the south.
I Have A Dream
Boycotts, sit-ins, picketing, marches, speeches, voting, and walks are all the peaceful ways that supporters of the movement stood up for their cause. Shooting, stabbing, beating, burning, water torture, arrests, vulgar language, and murder. All the inexcusable violent ways non-supporters reacted. Kind of disgusting isn't it? You'd think that people could be mature enough to understand that if someone is searching for happiness, why on earth would you want to hinder them?
Eventually towards the end of the movement things became more political and reasonable. But that wasn't before dozens of innocent martyrs lost their lives. In 1964 President Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act which abolished segregation and was made to protect the rights of all American citizens. But that still meant making sure this law was being followed, which was most of the struggle until around 1968.
"Selma is now for every man, woman and child." Referring back to how our past will always be applicable to our future. If someone questioned a woman's right to vote you'd call them crazy right? But what if you were in the middle east? Different story. So why now are we questioning how people are viewed in this country when we haven't had issue for 50+ years? Because in order for lessons to be learned, they have to be seen by everyone.