The Civil Rights Movement

It's effects, aftermath and impact on society


Throughout the 1800's and the beginning of the 1900's, African Americans were enslaved, oppressed, and abused due to nothing but their appearance. Many recognized the wrong-doing for what it was, and did their best to fight toward a equal society. the civil rights movement shocked many Americans, and proved that the black community would no longer tolerate the segregation and harsh racism. The movement educated the nation of the wrong-doings, and forced reform of the Jim Crow laws. It made significant progress in bringing justice to not only African Americans, but many foreign races and nationalities alike, attempting to live in harmony within the nation. Thanks to the civil rights movement, today we all live in harmony, equally and peacefully (mostly), all because people stood up for what they believed w\as right, and had the courage to say "no more." Now, the movement is taught nation-wide and has contributed greatly in bringing equality and happiness to many.

In this flyer, I'll be telling and showing you about the tactics used, the note-able people involved, the groups formed because of it, and the impact it had on society.

How do you change laws that seem to be set in stone?

The first thing that anyone learning about this movement needs to know, is that none of this was achieved easily, many died, were beaten, and their spirits broken. These freedom fighters refused to bow down, they knew in their hearts what was right, and fought for their beliefs. The groups formed in order to fight for the truth were mainly based out of black churches that were very influential within their communities. From these bases, they organized sit-ins, marches, disobedience of segregation, and various other forms of protest to civilly prove that they would not back down.

These groups of freedom fighters were usually lead by the preachers or pastors within the church, who would dictate who was going where, and what time each protest would take place. Some popular forms of protest were marches, were blacks and sympathetic whites alike were peacefully march through the streets holding signs, shouting out phrases, and attempt to raise awareness and sympathy toward their cause. Another is sit-ins, where blacks would enter white-only areas, or use white-only facilities in protest, and vice versa with white advocates. A popular idea was that if they protested enough, so many people would be arrested that they would be forced to release jailed protesters, or to stop arresting new ones. either way, the protesters saw this as a win.

Some forms of protest were specific to a facility or part of the nation. For example, the freedom riders were civil rights advocates that boarded black/white only buses and ride it as long as they could before they were kicked out, or in some cases, beat to death by angry racists. These men were famous because they were so ready to lay down their lives toward their cause. They were usually alone, or rode in small groups for safety, but were otherwise very alone from any other form of help, on a bus full of angry segregation advocates. Many of them would be confronted or ambushed, then beaten either severely, or to death. They understood these risks when they signed up, but saw it as necessary, as the nation could no longer continue to operate under such a biased and racist circumstances.

After a battle that seemed never ending, the movement began to build momentum, and eventually became the headline of every newspaper from the Pacific to the Atlantic. People who secretly despised the system now had a voice, and came out of the woodwork to support this just cause.