Civil Rights Movement

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Impact of Civil Rights Movement

The lives that American's live out today would not be the same without the brave and courageous acts of the civil rights movement. The attitudes of white people have immensely changed since 1954 when the African America community started to really take a stand and get themselves heard. Slowly over time the acts of the civil rights movement helped people start to understand and release their preconceived notions towards blacks. This combination lead to helping the healing process in America and create more equality as time went on. Because of this painful and judgmental time, Americans of all races have learned from it and grown together in a more civil, equal and healthier manner.

A War With No Weapons

The civil rights movement was a battle within everyone's hearts. The fighting was done with voices, protesting and peace. The people battling against segregation had a goal to maintain nonviolence in hopes to enhance their statement.

One of the methods that was used during the civil rights movement was boycott. There was the 1955-56 Montgomery Bus boycott, a protest against segregated public facilities in Alabama, which was led by Martin Luther King Jr. This statement was successful in getting attention, and it took a toll on the stores in town which were not getting sufficient business, because a whole community refused to tolerate segregation.

Many activists joined or created organizations such as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), which was one upon many. This group lead by Martin Luther King Jr. successfully used their method of nonviolent actions to desegregate public places such as lunch counters, libraries, swimming pools, theaters and more. The SCLC also raised money to keep the civil rights movement thriving and in the media.

The Selma to Montgomery march is an example of the protesting and marching strategy. This was an impacting event and also maintained the peaceful practice.On March 7th, 1965 the SCLC and SNCC both joined together to march for voting rights, from Selma to State Capital in Montgomery. The groups and people marching were harmless and yet still were attacked by police with tear gas and wielding clubs. That event was successful because it drew many civil rights sympathizers to Selma, and then two days later another march was attempted. Marches and protesting may have ended ugly, but the strategy aided in bringing attention and more supporters to the civil rights movement.