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How Did African Americans Affect The Civil Rights Movement?

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African Americans were always thought to be inferior to the white supremacy in the United States. Although the Civil War had abolished slavery, blacks were still very ill-treated. Blacks were to not associate with the white society. They were banned from restaurants, bathrooms, parks, schools, hospitals, and much more. Whites constantly abused the blacks to the point that African American life expectancy was 7 years less compared to the whites (http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/). Society believed that a black could cause something to lose value for example “property values would drop a great deal if an African American family moved into a neighborhood that was not considered a ghetto”. African Americans began to stand up against the racial…show more content…
Board of Education court case, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Death of Emmett Till, Montgomery Bus Boycott, March on Washington and the Integration of Central High School in Little Rock…show more content…
Emmett Till grew up in a “thriving, middle-class black neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side” (www.biography.com). Till took on his share of responsibilities and “took everything upon himself”, he also attended an all black school. His uncle Mose, originally came up to get Till’s cousin to visit family in the south but after much pleading, Till’s mom allowed him to go. Three days after arriving in Mississippi on April 24, 1955, Emmett and a group of teenagers entered Bryant’s Grocery and Meat Market (www.biography.com). As he went to leave the market he was accused of saying “Bye, baby” to the women cashier named Carolyn. Carolyn was later identified as the wife of the owner of the market. Carolyn claimed that Emmett had “grabbed her, made lewd advances, and then wolf-whistled at her” (www.history.com). There were no witnesses to clarify what exactly happened. But, the husband, Roy was furious. Roy accompanied by his brother-in-law proceeded to Mose’s house and kidnapped Till despite all of his pleas (www.history.com). They took Emmett behind a toolhouse and beat him. Then they “dragged him to the Tallahatchie River, shot him in the head, tied him with barbed wire to a large metal fan and shoved his mutilated body into the water” (www.biography.com). Three days later, his corpse was pulled out. Emmett’s face was disfigured beyond recognition. His only identification was
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