“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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. She had a husband named Raymond Parks. That day parks had been working all day she was very tired.
In early life Medgar Evers grow up with a farming family. Medgar Evers was a civil rights activist. He was also in the army for 2 years. When he came back home he finished high school and went to college. Medgar Evers was born July, 2 ,1925, Decatur, Mississippi.
Looking at society today you might notice any racism or discrimination, but there were people that had to fight for the rights of people today. One of those people was Ralph Abernathy. He was Martin Luther King Jr.’s right hand man and helped with many of the non-violent civil right acts. One of these acts was the Bus boycott. After Martin Luther King Jr. died Ralph took over the SCLC, which was one of the organizations MLK and Ralph started.
Benjamin Mays had a huge impact in the 50s-60s Civil Rights Movement. He was the president at Morehouse College, a mentor to Dr.Martin Luther King Jr., and was a respectable figure to Dr. MLK Jr. Benjamin Elijah Mays was born on August 1, 1894 in South Carolina, and was the youngest of eight children. His parents, Louvenia Carter and Hezekiah Mays, were former slaves and former tenant farmers. Benjamin went to school at Bates College, and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1920. Later, he went to the University of Chicago and earned his Master of Arts degree in 1925.