Wednesday, April 9, 2014


We learn many different things from Civil Rights Movements. Everyone studies about Civil Rights Movements in American History. The Civil Rights Movement in the United States took place from the 1950’s-1970s. African Americans came together in a series of nonviolent protests known as the Civil Rights Movement.  It was a period of time when many reform movements took place to stop racial discrimination and racism against African Americans. African Americans had fought very hard until now for their right to be treated as equal citizens in the United States, yet segregation still existed. The main aim of the Movements for Civil Rights included ensuring that the rights of all people are equally protected by the law.  The direct action such as strikes or civil disobedience, employed by organized labor or other groups to obtain demands from an employer, government etc. It is the story of the people who, compelled by a meeting of conscience and circumstance, worked to eradicate a world where whites and blacks could not go to the same school, ride the same bus, vote in the same election, or participate equally in society.
The film which we watched today in class is recount the fight to end decades of discrimination and segregation. Eyes on the Prize: Ain’t Scared of Your Jails (1960-1961) focuses on the importance of the students movement in the civil rights years. The first part of the program starts with the black college students who staged sit-ins in 1960 Nashville, refusing to vacate lunch counters until they were served. After those students were arrested and other black residents began boycotting buses to protest. And then the second part of the program looks at the controversial freedom riders, who fought to integrate the bus system. With the support of Robert Kennedy, they eventually won. In this film we also saw that Martin Luther King flew in to lead a rally at the First Baptist Church. Sunday night, most of the leadership of the civil rights movement gathered in support of the Freedom Riders. On the streets, an angry mob surrounded the church, threatening all those inside. Kennedy had not been forced to send in an invading federal army. These troops were Alabama's own.
I the film Black college students take a leadership role in the civil rights movement as lunch counters it spread across the South. "Freedom Riders" also try to desegregate interstate buses, but they are brutally attacked as they travel. Mississippi's grassroots civil rights movement becomes an American concern when college students travel south to help register black voters and three activists are murdered. The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party challenges the regular Mississippi delegation at the Democratic Convention in Atlantic City. The students were drawn to activist Jim Lawson and his workshops in nonviolent direct action. As the movement's front lines moved from the courts to confrontations in daily life, college students led the way. This video follows the effort to integrate society beyond the campus. When blacks and whites rode buses together as freedom riders, the violence that erupted turned America's attention to civil rights as never before.
Research SNCC

The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was one of the organizations of the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. This violently changing political climate, SNCC struggled to define its purpose as it fought white oppression. The SNCC was founded in early 1960 in North Carolina, to capitalize on the success of a surge of sit-ins in Southern college towns, where black students refused to leave restaurants in which they were denied service based on their race. This form of nonviolent protest brought SNCC to national attention, throwing a harsh public light on white racism in the South. As SNCC became more active politically, its members faced increased violence.

1 comment:

  1. I do believed how the powerful the nonviolence protest influenced many people during the civil rights movement! Honestly, I still think the discrimination and segregate different color people still happened in today's society. The freedom rider event is really stand out in this film and i think we all have our own belief to do what we think is the right things to do! The SNCC is very helpful student organization during that time!


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