Key Events Of The Civil Rights Movement

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The United States Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's was the centerfold of the 1900's. The Movement came about because not all Americans were being treated fairly. In general white Americans were treated better than any other American people, especially black people. There were many events of the Civil Rights Movement some dealt with black people not getting a fair education. Some events came about because people were advocating that people should be able to practice their American rights. The term paper that you are about to read is composed of events that occurred as apart of the Civil Rights Movements. The events are all in chronological order with the brutal murder of Emmett Till first in order. After that is the story of Arkansas' Central High School's integration. Keeping with the idea of equal education, you will be able read how the University of Mississippi was integrated by James Meredith with the assistance of the U.S. Government. Lastly you will see the power the Ku Klux Klan had in the deep South, especially Mississippi, with the murder of three members of the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO). These events are just a glimpse of what the Civil Rights Movement truly was. Now here is the strory of young Emmett Till.

Emmett Till

Not knowing the customs of Mississippi was the downfall for young Emmett Till. While

visiting family near Money, Mississippi, Emmett Till, age 14, was murdered. Emmett grew up on

Chicago's South side, where he was a fun loving child with a bit of a smart mouth. Living in

Chicago, Emmett knew of segregation but had white play mates. On one occasion he had

showed his cousins a picture of a white girl and had told them that she was his girl. His friends

were some what impressed and had dared Emmett to speak to a white woman who was inside

of the store, that they were standing in front of. Emmett went in and bought some candy and as

he left, he said to the woman, "Bye-baby." That would be the biggest mistake of his life. When

the woman's husband got back from out of town, there was trouble for Emmett. The woman's

husband, Roy Bryant, and her brother, J.W. Milam, paid a visit to the cabin of Mose Wright,

Emmett's grandfather. The white men did not listen to Mose Wrights suggestion that since

Emmett was not from Mississippi, that they may just whip him. Instead, the men ki...

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... allowed by the police chief to be beaten for about fifteen minutes in Anniston, Alabama.

Furthermore, I was not able to mention the end of "separate but equal" with the U.S. Supreme

Court's decision on the case Brown vs. Board of Education. Inclusion to this paper I hope that

you have enhanced your knowledge of the Civil Rights Movement.

RESOURCES: Events of the Civil Rights Movement


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Television Program

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