“Eyes on the Prize” focused on the civil rights movement in the United States. Some events that took place are: the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, the 1955-56 Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the 1957 Little Rock Nine. The prize was freedom, peace, and equality. The prize was obtained. Emmett Till was born July 25, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois and was killed August 28, 1955 in Money, Mississippi at the age of 14.
He was convicted of incest in 2008 after his daughter, Aaralyn Mills, spoke out about herself being violated by Bevel. On December 19, 2008, 72, Bevel died (in prison) in Springfield, Virginia due to pancreatic cancer. (“James Bevel”) Gordon--3 Overall, James Bevel opened the eye of the public very well to the amount of abuse black people took. Bevel began protesting early in his life and had a big impact throughout his life, even after activism. It’s clear that the actions Bevel made influenced the amount of publication of the horrible abuse towards black people during the Civil Rights
The Cincinnati Race Riots has been starting in the late 1800’s which the author believes it is still occurring in today’s world. Police Brutality is one of the main reasons for rioting and fighting. As they say, ‘’Between 1995 and April 2001, fifteen black males suspected of crimes had been killed by Cincinnati police during confrontation or while in custody, including four since November 2000, while no white suspects were killed in that period’’ (Wikipedia Cincinnati Riots 2001 np) In 2001, the deaf of Timothy Thomas, an African American male had started a riot. He was shot by the Cincinnati Police Department.Another African American named Roger Owensby Jr. died from being put in a police chokehold for resisting arrest, which killed him. The next day, Jeffrey Irons was killed for getting into a little fight with the police.
The protest spread across Memphis and resulted in police brutalities. King traveled down to Memphis to lead demonstrations. After it was over on April 3, King spoke to a rally that he had received threats to his life and encouraged to continue the fight despite what happens to him (Encyclopedia). On April 4, 1968, King was shot while on the balcony of a motel in Memphis. James Earl Ray was an escaped convict who pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 99 years in prison for the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. King was one of the most important African American leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.
I am 21 and for as long as I can remember I have heard many stories about innocent people being accused of and being punished for crimes they did not commit. On Monday, March 20th of this year, I met Anthony Ray Hinton and learned about his story. Arrested on suspicion of two capital murders at age 29. He was convicted and sentenced to death despite having a reliable alibi and passing a polygraph test. It was only after repeated efforts by the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) team that the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously overturned his conviction based on his attorney’s deficient representation and he was eventually exonerated after 30 years in solitary confinement on Friday, April 3rd, 2015.
American history is filled with many racism stories. Many times discrimination happens for no reason other than the color of a person’s skin. In August 1955, a fourteen year old African American boy named Emmett Till and his cousin Cursi took a trip to visit relatives in Mississippi. He had dealt with segregation in his hometown of Chicago, but nothing compared with the extreme hate crimes that occur in Mississippi. The way he died made many people changed the way they think of racial issues.
Many supporters of the civil rights were killed. Bombs were thrown at busses headed to the south to register black voters." That paragraph clearly shows the struggles of being a African American at that time period it was horrible. Nowadays all rights are equal in America. King met Rosa Parks in august 1955 at 25 years old at a NAACP meeting.
There are about 5,000 to 8,000 members in the U.S. today. Trial of Josephus Anderson was when an African American was charged with murder of a white police officer. The local KKK was upset because they didn’t reach a verdict, they believed that they couldn’t because some of the jury members were African American On May 17th, 2000, the FBI announced the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing was done by the KKK splinter group (Cahaba Boys). There were 4 men involved Robert Chambliss, Herman Cash, Thomas Blanton and Bobby Cherry. Cash was dead, Blanton and Cherry were arrested.
Namely, racial discrimination and persecution of people of color persisted long after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Kappeler). Aside from the origins of police development, information regarding one of the pivotal moments that began such current, tense relations between black people in America and the police is the shooting of Michael Brown in 2014 in the city of Ferguson, Missouri (Chaney, Cassandra, and Davis, “No Justice”). The fatal death of unarmed, black youth caused protests, rioting, and complete social unrest for several days (Chaney, Cassandra, and Davis). Overall, many policy-makers have attempted to resolve this issue by increasing police officer accountability through the use of body-worn-cameras (Kappeler). As these have been recently introduced and not yet adopted by all police forces, it is not sure whether they have proven
Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis Tennessee on April 4, 1968. His killer was a fugitive named James Earl Ray. Rosa Louise Parks was born on February 4, 1913. She was a civil rights activist. She was a hero to African Americans around the world.