Influential Person Research Paper Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an influential figure because of his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement despite the challenges he faced such as constantly being arrested and his house being bombed. One of the first accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was his founding and presidency of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). The SCLC is a civil rights group that focused on desegregating the south. The group's first focus was on desegregating the bus system, but they eventually moved on to greater things such as registering blacks to vote and organizing peaceful protests. This proves that King was a successful civil rights leader, even though he struggled against racists whites in power that would try to oppress him and his group.
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
He had a lot of marches and public demonstrations to show people the difference in treatment between blacks and whites. (johnlewis) In the beginning of Lewis’s development as a civil rights leader, he went to the American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee. There, he learned about non-violent protesting and different ways to be tranquil while fighting for your rights. “The vote is the most powerful
During that time Malcolm X (1925–1965), was another icon of the civil right movement and African-American minister. Malcolm is one of the greatest and most influential African Americans towards black people right. Following his assassination on 1965, Black art movement was officially started by a writer LeRoi Jones or Amiri Baraka (1934-2014) to fight against the traumatic treatment of black people (Collins 717-52). Activists and writer like Larry Neal (1937- 1981) also described Black Art Movement as “a Black Fire and synthesis of all of the nationalistic ideas embedded within the double-consciousness of Black America” and played an important role in the revolution “Black people you are Black art” (Larry Neal 58). That is why, Walker showed in her “everyday use”, the handmade quilts as the most important and desired African arts by both urban and rural society.
Everyday, people struggle to be treated equally and civil rights make it possible for everyone black or white to be treated equally. As a result of Bloody Sunday, this event helped blacks speak up and be heard. The impact Bloody Sunday had on the early struggle for civil rights was, it was a march that first began with 600 people to fight for the rights of African-Americans to vote. On August 6th 1965, the Federal Voting
An era that saw the power and influence of the movement play an integral role in the eradication of legalised segregation and the disenfranchisement of African Americans. Given the historic importance of the civil rights movement, this paper aims to examine Dr Kim Lacy Rogers ‘Oral History and the History of the Civil Rights Movement’, published in the Journal of American History in 1988. A Professor of History and American Studies at Dickinson College, much of Rogers research was centred on African American communities in the American South. She was the author of numerous oral history related books and her reputation was that of a renowned and influential expert on the subject. Rogers outlines the difficulties of chronicling all of the facets of protest movements into the narrative framework of American history.
Source 1 is a picture that emerged in many news articles in America which raised questions among the community. By 1955, African Americans across the country, as well as in the isolated South, had begun the struggle for justice and fairness. Emmett Till's murder was a catalyst in the expansion of activism and resistance that had become known as the civil rights movement. The sight of his abused body pushed many who had been gratified to stay on the outskirts straight into the fight.
Thurgood Marshall As the first African-American justice of the Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall greatly influenced future generations of black people. His ancestors faced several hardships as slaves, but he was able to accomplish a lot. Marshall was brilliant as a child, but constantly got rejected because of his race. However, these discriminatory ridicules didn’t stop him from chasing after his dreams. This gave several African-Americans the sense that they could do anything and the only thing racism could do is motivate them.
The movie is based on “The Help” novel written by Kathryn Stockett. The movie portrayed the time period realistically by showing the way African-Americans were seen and handled during the “separate but equal” era and civil rights movement. The movie was taken place in 60’s, and the civil rights movement, calm protests, and the famous speeches of Martin Luther King Jr, were taking place alongside of the main characters lives. I think the historical value is very big because of the information they have in the film along with the very detailed accusations that the main African-American characters encounter, which was the reality of what African Americans went through back then. I think the historical value will continue to rise as the years go by.
One of the greatest impacts could be seen in the American election in 2008, where Barack Obama, the son of a Kenyan goat herder, speaks directly to the changes set in motion by the legislation that President Lyndon Johnson signed four decades earlier in 1965. The changes in politics and people created a new African America and a new America. The Civil Rights Act permitted African Americans to participate fully in the electoral arena from which they had been excluded almost a century earlier. The act had origins in centuries of struggles capped by a decade of intense, and often violent conflicts. Black leaders gathered in the nation’s capitol in the summer of 1965 to witness President Johnson signing the historic legislation, armed with fresh guarantees of the franchise.
It was a registration drive that wanted to help increase voter registration in Mississippi. “Freedom Summer was a 1964 voter registration project in Mississippi, part of a larger effort by civil rights groups such as the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to expand black voting in the South. The Mississippi project was run by the local Council of Federated Organizations (COFO), an association of civil rights groups in which sncc was the most active member.” (Foner and Garraty). The Freedom Summer project took place in Mississippi since it has had the lowest levels of African American voter registration. Three men were murdered the day after the registration began.