During 1954 to 1968, African Americans and whites alike were fighting for the rights of African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement. Throughout America, protesters used different tactics to earn their freedom. Some used violence, while others chose a non-violent path. Non-violence overall was more effective than violence during the Civil Rights Movement. Furthermore, bus boycotts are an efficient strategy that was used in the 1950s to 60s.
The woman’s suffrage movement of the 1800s and early 1900s as well as the civil rights movements of the 1950s and the 1960s, even though they were made up of a multi-ethnic group of people, the two movements actually had multiple of similarities such as the same goals and concerns. Both group felt appressed by society and both groups demanded basic freedoms and equal opportunities. As both groups sough to have their demand met, other issues became the major national focus. The main difference between the two movements is the fact, that in achieving their goal, African-Americans were calling for the enforcement from the government of their voting rights and end to segregation which still existed in the South, while the suffragists were calling for the right to vote for women.
Rosa Lee McCauley Parks also known as Rosa parks best known for her act of civil disobedience. Rosa parks was born on February 4, 1913. Parks was a black women known for her courage, inspiring, and outstanding resistant to give up her seat and stand up for herself. Rosa parks was a positive powerful influencer for taking a stand and fight back for her equality rights.
Rosa Parks stood up for what she believed, or rather, sat down for what she believed. On the evening of December 1, 1955, Parks, an African American, chose to take a seat on the bus on her ride home from work. Because she sat down and refused to give up her seat to a white passenger, she was arrested for disobeying an Alabama law requiring black people to relinquish seats to white people when the bus was full. (Blacks also had to sit at the back of the bus.) Her arrest sparked a 381-day boycott of the Montgomery bus system.
During the first half of the twentieth century segregation was the way of life in the south. As sayd in document number 1, Alabama and many other states in the US, especially in the south, were segregated. What it meant is that black people and other minorities were separated from white people. For example, they had to eat in different restaurants, they had to go to black schools and they had to sit in the back of the buses. And this wasn’t all, not only they had to sit in the back of the bus they also had to give up their seat in case there weren’t enough empty seats for whites.
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks an African-American woman refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. She said, “”I don’t think I should have to stand up.” As a result, she was arrested and fined. Since Mrs. Parks’ appealed her conviction, she essentially challenged the legality of segregation. The even sparked a year-long boycott of Montgomery, Alabama buses and many consider her fateful bus ride to be the birth of the Civil Rights Movement.
Peaceful resistance to laws positively affect a free society. Throughout history, there have been multiple cases of both violent and peaceful protests. However, the peaceful protests are the ones that tend to stick with a society and are the ones that change the society for the better. In April 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote a letter about just and unjust laws while he was in Birmingham jail for peacefully protesting. King came to Birmingham because "injustice is here".
Rosa Parks When Rosa Parks, also known as “The Mother of American Civil Rights” refused to give her seat to a white man in December of 1955 she was arrested. This event led to a protest in Montgomery that eventually brought profound to the United States. The Montgomery Bus Boycott continued for 381 days, until the Supreme Court ruled on Parks situation on the bus. Making racial separations illegal on the city buses.
Peaceful or violent resistance? If one day you found a discriminating law you have to do something to change. To do that you have different types the violent and the nonviolent one. One type of peaceful resistance is the civil disobedience.