Presentation on theme: "The Struggle for Equality"— Presentation transcript:
1The Struggle for Equality Civil Rightsin the 50’s and 60’sSince passage of 13th amendment, …Reconstructionfederal troops until 1877South on its own … abuses and injusticesIndustrial RevolutionWars20’s30’s NRA regulations allowed for lower pay for blacksPostwar America …why not fix OUR nation?
2What was life like before the Civil Rights movement? Use the pictures in the following slides to make some statements describing life in the U.S. before the Civil Rights movement.
10What is segregation?Segregation is the separation of people according to race or ethnicity.Segregation can be about separating African-Americans from Whites, or about separating Hispanics from Whites.Before 1950 segregation was common and normal in the U.S.A. Segregation deprived minorities of their rights.
11Two kinds of segregation de jure segregationSegregation by lawCommon in the SouthLaws forbid African-Americans from attending the same church, using the same swimming pool, eating in restaurants, or marrying White people.de facto segregationSegregation without lawsCommon in the NorthHousing discrimination made segregation in the North. White community groups did not allow non-Whites to live in White neighborhoods. Every ethnic group had its own part of town.
12Plessy v Ferguson Is Separate Equal ? Facts:1896 Homer Plessy took a seat in the “Whites Only” car of a train and refused to move. He was arrested, tried, and convicted in the District Court of New Orleans for breaking Louisiana’s segregation law.Question:Was the Louisiana law separating blacks and whites on railroad cars legal?Decision:Split decision that “separate but equal” law did not violate the 14th amendment
13Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka KS Is Separate Equal ? Facts:In 1954 Linda Brown’s parents wanted her to attend the school close to her home. Kansas law stated she had to attend a segregated school. NAACP and attorney Thurgood Marshall tested the law.Question:Can Linda Brown attend an “all white” school?Decision:“separate educational facilities inherently unequal”desegregation required across the nation
14Reason #1 – World War II and the Korean War During World War II and the Korean War, racial minorities such as African-Americans, Hispanics, or Native Americans had made many gains. The U.S. military had needed their help and had allowed them to fight. Many came home heroes and earned respect.
15Reason #1 – World War II and the Korean War Most people believed America had fought those wars for democracy and freedom. Racial segregation started to seem un-American to many. People remembered that Hitler and the other “bad guys” had been racists.
16Reason #2 – The Cold WarDuring the Cold War, America was trying to convince the world that it was better than the Soviet Union, racism made America look bad to the rest of the world.Communists could use America’s racism as an example showing that the U.S. was evil.
17Reason #3 - televisionWith the arrival of television, Americans could watch the news every day. The non-violent civil disobedience used by King made the civil rights protesters look like good people and made their opponents look hateful, violent, and ugly. People could also hear Dr. King’s inspiring speeches. He was a powerful speaker who knew how to change people’s hearts and minds.
18NAACP and leadersThurgood Marshall, lawyer, cases involving school segregationRosa Parks—refuses to give up her seat on the bus to a white man and as a result the Montgomery Bus Boycott occurs.Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—he gains national prominence as a leader during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Arrested in BirminghamLetter from a Birmingham Jail.
19How did they do it?Civil rights leaders used non-violent protests, civil disobedience, and legal action to change the U.S.
20non-violent protest Boycotts Hunger strikes Petitions Refusing to buy goods or services from a business in order to force it to change its policiesHunger strikesRefusing to eat anything in order to get attention for your causePetitionsWriting a letter to ask the government or a company to change its policy, and then getting as many people to sign it as possible.Marches and demonstrationsGetting as many people as possible to gather in one place to get attention to your causeStrikesRefusing to work in order to force your managers or government to change their policies
21Civil disobedienceBreaking the law or causing a disturbance in order to get attention for your cause.Sit insThe protesters come into a place, sit down, and refuse to move.
22Legal actionLawyers can challenge a law or policy in court. If they convince the judge that the law or policy is unconstitutional, then the judge will order them to change.People can speak at government hearings or meetings and try to convince legislators to make new laws or repeal unfair ones.
23As you watch the next part of the presentation, try to classify each action taken by the people in the civil rights movement.
24Linda BrownIn 1951, a girl named Linda Brown wanted to go to school. The white school was very close by, but the African-American school was far away. Her parents sued the Board of Education to try to force them to allow Linda to attend the white school.
25Linda BrownIn 1954, in the case of Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court decided to hear Linda’s case. Chief Justice Earl Warren said that segregation in public schools is unconstitutional. He ordered all the schools to end segregation.
26Rosa ParksIn Alabama, the bus company had a rule that said all African-Americans had to sit in the back of the bus.In 1955, Rosa Parks, an African-American women, was coming home from work and was very tired. The seats in the back were full, but the front seats were empty. She sat down in the front. When the bus driver ordered her to move, she refused. He called the police and they arrested her.
27Rosa ParksThe minister of Rosa’s church, Martin Luther King, decided to get involved. He told the African-Americans to stop riding the bus. For months, African-Americans walked or gave each other rides. The bus company was losing a lot of money because most of their passengers were African-Americans. Eventually, they were forced to change their rule. Then, in 1956, the Supreme Court declared segregation on public transportation unconstitutional. This success made King famous across the U.S.
28College students in Greensboro In 1960, many restaurants would not serve African-Americans. To protest this, some African-American college students in Greensboro, North Carolina decided to go to a lunch counter at a Woolworth’s Department store and order food. The servers refused to serve them, but the students refused to leave.
29College students in Greensboro These lunch counter protests spread throughout the U.S. Many white students came along to support the African-Americans.
30College students in Greensboro The students always stayed peaceful, even when attacked or arrested. This made them look good and made the racists look hateful and evil. This strategy was very successful for convincing White people to support civil rights for minorities.
311957 Little Rock, Arkansas Central High School Orval Faubus – Governor of Arkansas101st Airbornesent in by President Eisenhower to enforce the court order
321962 “Ole Miss” James Meredith-1st black student
33Southern ManifestoSouthern Manifesto was signed by ALL but three southern leadersAl Gore, Sr., TennesseeLyndon Johnson, TexasEstes Kefauver, TennesseeCalled for resistance –appealed to emotions of prejudices and paranoia that a united support of peaceful compliance might have diluted in the South
39The Civil Rights Act of 1964Because of the Civil Rights movement, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of This law ended all racial discrimination in public facilities such as restrooms, restaurants, buses, movie theaters, and swimming pools.
41Voting Rights Act 1965 Prohibited discrimination at voting polls Established bilingual ballots in areas with large amount of non-English speaking minoritiesOutlawed literacy tests for votersGave Federal Government power to oversee all elections
42Civil Rights act of 1968 Written as a follow-up to the CRA of 1964 Created to enforce equal housing opportunities for all racesBasically you cannot refuse to rent or sell a house to anyone, anywhere, based upon their race
44“Momentum” Timeline May 1961, Freedom Riders Sep 1962, integrating the University of MississippiApr 1963, BirminghamJune 1963, integrating the University of AlabamaAug 1963, March on WashingtonSummer of ’64 Freedom Summer
45Freedom Riders Apr-Dec 1961 Who: CORE and SNCC (congress of racial equality and student nonviolent coordinating committee)Plan of Action: to test the SC decision banning segregation on interstate bus routesObstacles: violenceResults: Desegregated busses due to loss of profit
46University of Mississippi September 1962Who: James Meredith and JFKPlan of Action: integrate UMObstacles: Governor Ross Barnett, riots, and deathResults: JFK ordered federal marshals to escort Meredith.James Meredith
47Heading to Birmingham April 1963 Who: Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, MLK, and the SCLCPlan of Action: demonstrate and marchObstacles: Police violenceResults: an end to segregation in Birmingham
48University of Alabama June 1963 Who: Gov. George Wallace Plan of Action: integrate the University of AlabamaObstacles: Governor George WallaceResults: JFK used federal troops to enforce the desegregation
49March on Washington August 1963 Who: CR leaders, to include MLK Plan of Action: converge on the nation’s capitalObstacles: ?Results: Short Term=continued violence (murder and assassination), Long Term=Civil Rights Act of 1964
50Freedom Summer Summer of ’64 Who: SNCC and volunteers Where: MississippiPlan of Action: register votersObstacles: Obstacles: Local officers killed volunteersResults: Congress did not pass a Voters Rights act.
51The Selma Campaign Early 1965 Who: SCLC and SNCC Plan of Action: Voter registration drive and march to MontgomeryObstacles: violent, local law officersReaction: LBJ responded by asking Congress for the swift passage of a new voting rights act. It passed in 1965.