The film that we watched today which is relate to the civil right movement during 1950s and 1960s. There were many interesting things that stand out in this film. Back to the history time of 1955s, there were a story that about a black woman named Rosa Park refused gives the seat to a white man and she got arrested. The segregations issues happened frequently in 1950s. Martin Luther King was the leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and he leaded a successful boycott of the segregated busy system of Montgomery. He gathered all the African American used the non-violent action to refused riding the bus and it actually hurt the transportation economic during that time. King was a great civil right leader and powerful speaker. He wanted stop the segregations and he want every Africa American had their own freedoms. I think there are many stories of segregations just like we see the film in class today.
According to what we watch today in class, in the Nashville, I could see there are many same problems just like Park’s case. I think the segregation in the film really stands out. They still segregated the black and white in the bus. I saw the white college students were kicking the black students so hard. They were laughing at them and saying rude words to them. The black students couldn’t do anything and they got the idea of “non violent” action. The black students didn’t fight it back because they don’t have their right to fight it back. The segregation is a just law during that time. It was legal during that era. The black students seem helpless. They get segregated in restaurants, hotels, and buses. The policemen didn’t help the black students even when they saw it. The police took the black students into the jail. A mother of one of the black students told the audience, “ He told me it was cool, don’t worry Mama”. The mother were crying and laughing. Her face showed helpless. She really missed her kid and she really doesn’t know why is color so matter during that time. Why her kid has go to jail even they didn’t do anything. Why the white American didn’t accept the black people because of their colors.
From the film, I think the movement really works out. Even the segregation happened frequently in Nashville, there are many white students and white Americans also supported the civil right movement and stop the segregation in Nashville. For example, Diane Nash joined the organization SNCC and she also believed the non-violent action would help the black or colored people got their rights and freedom. There are many good people that show their positive action in film that help the civil rights movements. I think no matter what color you are, you are the human. I don’t think human can be racist because of their own belief that they can hate other color people.
Research on SCLC
The SCLC is stand for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and it is an African American civil rights organization. The leader of SCLC is Martin Luther King, Jr. SCLC leaded a great success in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. King gathers all the African Americans to refused riding the bus. The SCLC think the form of nonviolent protest could give them freedom and rights. In 1963, SCLC called for massive protests in Washington DC to push for new civil rights legislation that would outlaw segregation nationwide. King gave the speech “ I have a dream” in the Washington DC which he articulated the hopes and aspirations of the civil rights movement.