The Civil Rights Movement
It's effects, aftermath and impact on society
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?
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.
Black protesters at a sit-in
protesters line the counter of a white-only restaurant, simply because they know they aren't allowed to.
A violent response to the freedom riders
Racists bomb a bus that was being ridden by freedom riders, an example of the dangers of this movement.
MLK leading the march of Selma
The marchers are met by a wall of state troopers, masks on, prepared to disperse the crowd with gas.