Civil Rights Movement

By: Chesley Lindsey - Period 4

Introduction

To say that the Civil Rights Movement hasn't made a modern day impact is a complete understatement. Where would be if Dr. King hadn't made his speech that was heard all over the country. If not the world. Those four words rang through the ears of millions, "I have a dream!" and hit the hearts of every listener. But it's also the silent speeches that made the difference. Till, Evers, the four girls in the church, and every dinner conversation. All somehow changed the opinion of people around them, which eventually led to every law and bill that was passed to make the United States an equally just place. Then of course there's still the holligans that don't know how to respect and learn from the past; therefore, we end up with situations like Baltimore.

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The ratio of violent acts performed by whites against blacks compared to blacks against whites is pretty disturbing. Almost all of the tactics used by the people supporting the movement were peaceful and were non intrusive. But some how there always seemed to be injuries and deaths related to peaceful protests? Bigot human beings.


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.

"That's why Rosa sat on the bus. That's why we walk through Ferguson with our hands up." The comparison between the two time periods is frighteningly similar. Why do we have these issues today when we already did 50 years ago? Because some people don't realize that our history is a textbook for our future. Doesn't it seem redundant to repeat things that we've already sorted out? Maybe, maybe not. Maybe it is necessary for those that are too blind to see it.


"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.

Unsung Heroes

William Lewis Moore

One of the few white men who supported the Civil Rights Movement in the south. His whole thing was walking. He loved to wear a single sign that read "We are all men" And he would walk long distances in peaceful protest. His main mission was to walk to Mississippi to hand the governor a letter, urging him to end segregation. Halfway through his walk in Attalla, Alabama he was stopped by Floyd Simpson who questioned what he was doing. He willingly explained his story and was on his way. But later that night about a mile down the road, his body was found with two bullets in his head from close range. The gun used, Floyd Simpsons.

Viola Gregg Liuzzo

From Michigan she drove down to Selma, Alabama to help with the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. She is one of 7 white woman who helped with the march. She was driving protesters back across the bridge after the successful march in her baby blue convertible. But while driving a Klansman shot her in the head. The shooter was Gary Rowe, who during the day time was in the FBI. He was let free.