The Civil Rights Movement of the 50's and 60's was arguably one of the most formative and influential periods in American history. Hundreds of thousands of civil rights activists utilized non violent resistance and civil disobedience to revolt against racial segregation and discrimination. The Civil Rights Movement began in the southern states but quickly rose to national prominence. It is of popular belief that the civil rights movement was organized by small groups of people, with notable leaders like—Martin Luther King, Jr, Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, and even John F. Kennedy—driving the ship. That is partly correct. The Civil Rights Movement, in its truest form, was hundreds of thousands of people organizing events and protests, working together to ensure that every American—whether black, white, brown and anything in between—had the right to a prosperous and harmonious life.
The Civil Rights movement in the 1960s is a struggle, majority in the South, by African Americans to achieve civil rights equal to those of the whites, including housing, education, and employment, as well the right to vote, have access to public facilities, and the right to be free of racial discrimination. The federal government generally stayed out of the civil rights struggle until 1964, when President Johnson pushed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 through congress prohibiting discrimination and promised equal opportunities in the workplace for all. The year after this happened the Voting Rights Act eliminated poll taxes and other restraints now allowing blacks to vote. These laws were not solving the problems African Americans were facing.
The Civil rights movement was a group that “fought to end long-standing political, social, economic, and legal practices that discriminated against black Americans” (“Protests in the”, n.d., para. 10). The Civil rights movement did not believe in violence, so they use methods like, sit-ins, marches, and nonviolent protests. They also fought their battle through the court system...
When comparing the effectiveness of the nonviolent approach and the violent approach, King says, “Nowhere have the riots won any concrete improvement such as have the organized protest demonstrations.” The nonviolent approach produced progress, whereas, the violent approach did not. King points out, “The 1960s sit-ins desegregated lunch counters…The 1961 Freedom Rides put an end to segregation in interstate travel…The 1965 Selma movement brought enactment of the Voting Rights Law.” The nonviolent approach was proven effective, and to some extent, it appealed to the conscience of the government, those not involved, and the perpetrators. If people would have seen blacks fighting back, many would not have had sympathy for them. As a result, many would not have solicited their support thus making the civil rights movement as a whole
The civil rights movement was a struggle for social justice that took place mainly during the 1950s and 1960s for blacks to gain equal rights under the law in the United States. The Civil War had officially abolished slavery, but it didn’t end discrimination against blacks—they continued to endure the devastating effects of racism, especially in the South. By the mid-20th century, African Americans had had more than enough of prejudice and violence against them. They, along with many whites, mobilized and began an unprecedented fight for equality that spanned two decades.
The Civil Rights Movement symbolized the challenge and opposition to the racial injustices and segregation that had been engrained in American society for hundreds of years. Events that took place in the 1950s and 1960s, such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the March on Washington, sit-ins, speeches and numerous protests define this momentous time in United States history. Speeches during this period served as a means to inspire and assemble a specific group of people, for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X it was the black community that needed to rise up in hopes of achieving equal rights and voting rights for the blacks.
One of the many leaders, possibly the most know, was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Born in Montgomery, Alabama, He fought for the African American community’s equality and even read a very well-known speech at the infamous “March on Washington” in 1963. Another very important civil rights leader was Rosa Parks. According to Document 2, “…refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man.” lead to her arrest. Even though arrested, Parks silent protest was one of the loudest and was important to the civil rights movement that even till today, people still talk about this event. Along with Parks resistance, there were much more forms of protests used during the Civil Rights movement. According to Document 3 “…who wanted to help sit in, who wanted to help picket...” These were some of the document ways of protested used during the Civil Right movement. Another way of protest was to put together some sort of protest in public in large groups and “march”. One of the more famous marches was the March On Washington in 1963. According to Document 4, “…250,000 Americans who gathered...” The march supported many things, some being the “…end to bias…” and “…equal rights…” according to the signs in the visual in Document 4. No matter the type of protest, the majority was non-violent. During the "Southern Negro Leader
Between 1954-1968, the US faced a nation wide, yet controversial movement known as the Civil Rights Movement. During this time, African Americans protested their unfair treatment in hopes of ending all discrimination and racial prejudice through a constitutional amendment. African Americans, old to young, student to preacher, all used a variety of tactics, such as sits-in and organized marches, to convey their message in hopes of change, but the response was violent, which had a great impact on the US.
The civil rights movement was mainly influenced by Martin Luther King Jr and the SCLC that held peaceful demonstration. They used the youth especially high school students to march causing tension on the government because the government cares a little too much about the American image certain measures were taken. After the peaceful demonstration was changed into a riot were the police force was using so much power the foreign media ridiculed America and the Jim crow south helping the civil right movement activists and forcing the President and the government to take
The civil rights movement fought to create social, economical, and political equality for all people, regardless of skin color, religion, or social class. In addition to creating equality, another purpose was to demolish racial discrimination in education, public facilities, and public transportation. The movement lasted from 1955 to 1968. In attempt to implement change, many different actions were taken, boycotts, marches, sit-ins and violent protest. Protesters were beaten, sprayed with high-pressure water hoses, tear-gassed, and attacked by police dogs; bombings at black churches and other locations which took a number of lives; some, both black and white, who agitated for civil rights such as the right to vote were murdered, but the movement
The civil rights movement refers to all of the civil movements at the time between and specifically the period between 1954 and 1968. The primary goal of the civil rights movement was to end the racial segregation and discrimination against African Americans through the securing of legal recognition and as such they would be entitled to the same treatment as any other citizen under federal law. However, the civil rights movement also banned discrimination based on race, colour, religion, sex and country of origin. In the 1950s and 60s in the southern US
The Civil Rights Movement was a struggle for social justice that took place mostly during the 1950's and 1960's. Black Americans fought and protested to have equal rights under the law in the United States. The blacks were fighting before the 1950s and 60s to gain rights but it wasn't making such an impact as it did in the 1950's and 60's. The 1960's was the time where the Civil Rights Movement was more successful and had more achievements then the 1950's. The Movement during the 60's had bigger protesting and more people involved, it had actual legislative change and it also inspired other groups to seek an end to oppression.
The Civil Rights Movement refers to the political, social, and economical struggle of African Americans to gain full citizenship and racial equality. Although African Americans began to fight for equal rights as early as during the days of slavery, the quest for equality continues today. Historians generally agree that Civil Rights Movement began with the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955 and ended with the passing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965.
The Civil Rights movement lasted for about a century, however, the strongest decades were between the late 1950s and the early 1970s. This movement consisted of peaceful protests performed by African Americans and others who believed in equality amongst all individuals. Some of these protests included the Brown v. Board of Education case, the Freedom Riders and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. These important events were led by powerful leaders like Martin Luther King Jr and Rosa Parks. All of these different forms of protests helped the Civil Rights movement gain ground in the United States.
The civil rights was a struggle by African Americans to gain civil rights equal to those of whites. They were wanting equal opportunity in employment, housing, and education. The African Americans wanted the right to vote, equal access to public facilities, and to be free of racial discrimination. The movement peaked in the 1950s and 1960s. The civil rights movement was the largest social movement of the 20th century in the United States (Davis).