African-American Participation In The Civil Rights Movement

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The Civil Rights Movement in the United States led to changes in the perception of African-Americans from a political and legislative view, however, these changes were not as consistently demonstrated by the social attitudes of white Americans. The campaign succeeded in winning racial equality according to legal rights, but it was not as effective in creating social change; it influenced a somewhat less racist society.
Until the Civil Rights Movement’s outbreak in 1954, the African-American people were intensely segregated, which led to social unrest where they united to fight against the social systems and authorities for greater rights and freedoms. The movement involved activists such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and his use of nonviolent …show more content…

These included boycotts, protests and marches which all played a major role in the shift in attitudes towards the African-American people.

Civil rights activist and leader in the Civil Rights Movement Martin Luther King, Jr. was known for his use of nonviolence to achieve civil rights objectives – he advocated a program of civil disobedience to urge the federal government for change. For example, in 1955, Martin Luther King called on African-Americans to boycott the bus system in Montgomery, Alabama after African-American woman Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus for a white man. This is now known as the “Montgomery Bus Boycott”, which ended in 1956 after bus companies agreed to equal rights for all bus travellers.
Additionally, in 1960, King encouraged students in North Carolina to begin “sit-ins” where they would maintain occupation of ‘whites only’ seats in cafeterias, which then inspired other activists to adopt similar methods to desegregate public …show more content…

Overall outcomes of the Civil Rights Movement are that it led to several legislative changes. Despite this, racial discrimination has continued to remain in American life; however, it has changed the state of American society for the most part – while discrimination still persists, it is no longer considered acceptable.

Examples of the legislative changes include the previously mentioned Civil Rights Act of 1964 that outlawed segregation in public facilities and racial discrimination in employment, the Executive Order 11246 in which established requirements for these practices of nondiscrimination in employment, and additionally, the Civil Rights Act of 1968 that granted equal housing opportunities regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background and made it a federal crime to “by force or by threat of force, injure, intimidate, or interfere with anyone… by reason of their race, color, religion, or national origin.” The Voting Rights Act of 1965 also prohibited racial discrimination in

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the civil rights movement in the united states led to changes in perception of african-americans from a political and legislative view, but these changes were not as consistently demonstrated by the social attitudes of white americans.
  • Explains that the civil rights movement's outbreak in 1954 led to social unrest where the african-american people united to fight against the social systems and authorities for greater rights and freedoms.
  • Explains that african-americans experienced severe discrimination in their lives. they faced many forms of prejudice and segregation, such as disenfranchisement and violence.
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