Civil Rights Movement

Like minorities in many countries black Americans travelled a long hard road to obtain their civil rights. 

Dr. Martin Luther King served as leader during much of the civil rights movement.  He believed in non-violent protests as a means to achieve recognition and rights for all black Americans.  Despite peaceful tactics demonstrators often bore the brunt of brutal confrontation.  In August 1963 more than 200,000 marchers, both black and white, took their case to the nation’s capitol.  Over the next two years Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act reaffirming the rights of black citizens.

Reflections: The Civil Rights Movement

I believe in many things. And one thing I firmly believe in is equal rights. So what do I feel when I see this? ...Anger, sadness, shame.

It is hard to believe that such extreme racism existed ... Rosa Parks: refused to give up her seat to a white man. "Why don't you get up?" They asked her. "Because I shouldn't have to" She replied. Emmett Till: Killed at age 14 for saying "Bye baby" to a white woman. The men who killed him were found not guilty. Little Rock Nine: even after Brown vs. Board of Education Governor Orval Faubus initially deployed the Arkansas National Guard to block the [can't read]. Children's March in Birmingham; thousands of children march on the streets of Birmingham to protest the arrest of Martin Luther King Jr.

They were arrested, attacked with fire hoses and police dogs. Freedom Riders; the freedom riders faced much adversity. Tires were slashed, buses were bombed and mobs in Birmingham even beat them. But even with all these hardships, many amazing things resulted from the Civil Rights Movement such as ...Boycotts of the city buses in Montgomery successfully led to desegregation of the buses!

In 1954 the Supreme Court decided in Brown vs. Board of Education to end segregation of schools! The Little Rock Nine were eventually allowed to go to school after the President sent in the 101st airborne division to help escort them inside! Slowly but surely sit-ins eventually led to the desegregation of lunch counters. Enough public outcry happened towards the treatment of the freedom riders that President Kennedy was forced to enforce the law ending segregation in interstate commerce.

So, what do I feel about this?...Rosa Parks, inspiration; Elizabeth Eckford (Little rock nine), perseverance; Martin Luther King Jr., and hope...that the world can and does change for the better. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead. Reflections: The Civil Rights Movement, Created by Jessica Gilbreath. Music: O-O-H Child by The Five Stairsteps; Turn!Turn!Turn! by the Byrds. Pictures provided by Google Image Search. "Our lives begin to end the day we became silent about things that matter." - Martin Luther King Jr.