The Civil Rights Movement Essay

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The latter part of the Civil Rights Movement was characterized by action and change as it was no longer centralized in the South or only fought for by black individuals. Rather, northerners were active in achieving black equality and the white community was campaigning for integration. Although many lost their lives in this struggle, their valiancy did not go unrewarded and soon enough African Americans were able to vote, work, study, and simply eat lunch beside white individuals. Despite the great efforts put forth during the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 in which the black community and its supporters refused to use public transportation, transport segregation still remained in some southern states. As a result…show more content…
On May 31, 1961, he filed suit against the University of Mississippi asserting that he had been rejected on racial grounds (Brooks, 187). Much to the dismay of segregationalists, over a year later, in September 1962, a federal court ordered the University of Mississippi to accept James Meredith. Governor Ross Barnett stated that he would never authorize the integration of the university and, after much rioting and violence, Meredith was accompanied by federal marshals and enrolled on October 1, 1962. Because of his determination and the support he had from the government, James Meredith, a regular man with conventional dreams, made it possible for black individuals to seek a higher education. Events, such as those mentioned above, provided the Civil Rights Movement with a great deal of publicity and revealed the intense violence that these activists were faced with. Another such series of events took place in Birmingham, Alabama in the spring of 1963. Considered to be the most segregated city in the country, Martin Luther King, Jr., Reverend Ralph D. Abernathy, and Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth decided to lead a series of marches and protests here. After being released from jail following his arrest during one of the campaigns, King and others believed that the fight in Birmingham was suffering with a dwindling number of volunteers and little
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