The Civil Rights Movement By Grace, Madeline, Logan

Timeline (1954-1968)

Political Changes

  • African-Americans were met with violence when going to polls
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • helped combat restrictions on voter registration (24th Amendment)
  • recognition through marches on Washington ("I Have a Dream")
  • Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965

Economic Changes

  • the 24th Amendment eliminated poll taxes
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission helped end employment and hiring discrimination
  • "economic power" became a big part of the Black Power movement

Social Changes

  • African-Americans stopped conforming to white beauty standards, i.e. natural hair
  • extreme activists began rebelling against prison system
  • Student Nonviolent Coordinating Council (SNCC)
  • Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)
  • desegregation of schools; integration

Split After 1965

  • violence began as means of self-defense, as encouraged by Malcom X
  • post-MLK assassination, violence skyrocketed, including race riots
  • "white backlash" from white blue collar workers/voters
  • non-violence vs. Malcolm X's Black Power movement
  • influenced student organizations such as SNCC and CORE
  • led to the rise of the Black Panthers

Prominent Figures

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Malcolm X (Elijah Muhammad)
  • Bob Moses
  • Stokely Carmichael (SNCC)

Black Lives Matter and Modern Civil Rights

  • began as a result of increasing occurrences and coverage of black men being shot and killed by police
  • first major riots were in Ferguson, Missouri, after the police officer who shot Michael Brown was acquitted
  • BLM formed to shed light on the apparent disregarding of serious issues present in the modern United States
  • less about gaining legal rights; more about gaining respect and acceptance of those rights

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