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African American History Since the Civil War. dr. Liz Bryant. The emergence of the modern civil rights movement…. Double V Campaign. Double V Campaign. Democracy at home Democracy abroad. Double V Campaign.

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double v campaign1
Double V Campaign
  • Democracy at home
  • Democracy abroad
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Double V Campaign
  • African-Americans thought after World War II that they would be treated as full citizens
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Executive Order 9981
  • Desegregated the armed forces
  • Blacks continue to face racism and discrimination
  • Jim Crow laws continue to rule the Southern United States
  • Founded in 1909
  • Had been challenging Jim Crow this entire time
  • Continued to use the court system to fight for equality
  • Primary focus: Education
  • Issue court cases could take years
naacp and the battle for equal education
NAACP and the Battle for Equal Education
  • Missouri Law School
    • Blacks are not allowed into the school
    • No separate law school for blacks
    • Court decides Missouri must pay a black student’s tuition at another school
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NAACP and the Battle for Equal Education
  • Texas Law School
    • Same situation as Missouri
    • No law school for blacks in TX
    • Court ruled that a separate school needed to be built for one student
naacp and the battle for equal education2
NAACP and the Battle for Equal Education
  • University of Oklahoma Ph.D. in Education
    • Qualified black student, no Ph.D. program in education
    • School admits student BUT:
      • Cannot sit in classroom
      • Cannot use library
      • Cannot eat in the cafeteria at the same time as white students
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Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, KS
  • Supreme Court rules 9-0 that separate is NOT equal
  • Plessy v. Ferguson is overturned
  • Legally ends segregation in schools
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Brown v Board
  • Schools must desegregate with “all deliberate speed”
  • No timetable is set
  • Takes until the end of the 1960s for schools to fully desegregate
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Brown v. Board
  • Impacts the entire United States not just the South
white reaction to the brown decision
White Reaction to the Brown Decision
  • Some schools are integrated with no problems
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White Reaction to the Brown Decision
  • In the South, there is major opposition to this decision
white citizens councils3
White Citizens Councils
  • Do not want schools to integrate
southern manifesto3
Southern Manifesto
  • Signed by Southern Senators and Congressmen
  • Say that the Brown decision needed to be overturned
black reaction to brown v board
Black Reaction to Brown v. Board
  • Black parents want to take advantage of allowing their children to go to better schools
    • Want them to have better resources
    • Want them to have a better education
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Black Reaction to Brown v. Board
  • Consequences are often severe for black parents who have their children integrate white schools
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Reaction of the Government to the Brown Decision
  • Eisenhower tried to stay away from all controversial issues
  • Takes no real action after the Brown decision
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Little Rock 9
  • 9 African-American students try and integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas
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Little Rock 9
  • Met with a tremendous amount of resistance from whites
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Orval Faubus
  • Governor of Arkansas
  • Sends in the National Guard to keep black students from entering Central High School
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Dwight Eisenhower
  • Even though Eisenhower wants to stay away from these issues, his hand is forced by Faubus
  • Faubus- blatantly disregarding FEDERAL LAW
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Little Rock 9
  • All of this is playing out on television for the world to see
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Little Rock 9
  • 101st Airborne is sent in to escort black students into the school
  • Stay for a year
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Little Rock 9
  • All public schools in Little Rock close after this (in 1958) rather than allow integration
  • Leased schools out so segregated education could continue
  • Known as “the lost year”
emergence of the modern civil rights movement
Emergence of the Modern Civil Rights Movement
  • While the NAACP was using the court system to challenge Jim Crow laws, what were ordinary Americans doing?
emergence of the modern civil rights movement1
Emergence of the Modern Civil Rights Movement
  • Non-violent movement
  • Focus on civil disobedience
  • African-American church was at the center of many of these movements
difference between the modern civil rights movement and the naacp
Difference between the Modern Civil Rights Movement and the NAACP
  • Modern Civil Rights Movement focused on the use of direct action
montgomery improvement association1
Montgomery Improvement Association
  • This organization can be credited with starting the modern civil rights movement
montgomery bus boycott
Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Began when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white man
  • Rosa Parks was too tired to get up
  • This was an action that had been planned by the Montgomery Improvement Association
  • Blacks were tired of having to give up their seats to whites
  • Also, many times when blacks paid for their tickets and went to get on the back of the bus, the driver drove away intentionally leaving them
montgomery bus boycott1
Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Blacks made up the majority of bus riders in Montgomery so they felt as if they could challenge the system
  • First come, first serve seating
  • Courteous treatment by drivers
  • African-American drivers on African-American routes
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Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Well-organized
  • Carpooled
  • Walked
  • Very, very rare to see any African-Americans on buses
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Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • City was losing money since blacks had constituted the majority of bus riders
  • Still refused to give into the demands of the Montgomery Improvement Association
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Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Boycott lasted almost one year
    • Non-violent
    • Civil disobedience
    • Christian
browder v gayle
Browder v. Gayle
  • Supreme Court rules it unconstitutional for bus segregation
impact of the montgomery bus boycott
Impact of the Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Showed the potential of non-violent mass protest to enact change
  • Used as the model for other civil rights campaigns
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Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Cements Martin Luther King Jr. as one of the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement
  • 1957
  • Led by Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Functions as the political arm of the black church
  • Many of the leaders of this organization were ministers
  • Important because black churches provided a place to mobilize
  • Focused on coordinating local movements
  • Wanted people to feel the impact of their actions
sclc and the naacp
SCLC and the NAACP
  • SCLC supplements the NAACP with its own brand of activism
  • NAACP: Court cases
  • SCLC: Direct Action
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Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Often seen as “the” leader of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Key: he did not do it on his own
martin luther king jr beliefs
Martin Luther King Jr. Beliefs
  • Wanted: Integration
  • Worked with whites
  • “…as goes Birmingham, so goes the South.”
  • SCLC and MLK plan a massive campaign here
  • Known as Project-C
  • Known for police brutality under Bull Connor
  • May 2, 1963- 6000 African American children (aged 6-16 march)
  • Attacked with fire hoses and dogs
  • Beaten by police
  • All of this violence was playing out on the news
  • Impact:
    • Segregation ends
  • Consequences:
    • King’s house, King’s brother’s house, and the SCLC headquarters are all bombed
birmingham and king
Birmingham and King
  • Arrested and jailed
  • Did not have a permit to hold the march
moderate white reaction to birmingham
“Moderate” White Reaction to Birmingham
  • Praise for Bull Connor’s “moderation”
  • Criticism of King for being too “impatient”
  • Said King was an outsider and had no business intervening in the city’s affairs
  • Devastated by these criticisms especially since they came from moderate white preachers
letter from a birmingham jail1
Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • One of King’s most powerful statements
  • Gets attention of both Republican and Democratic political leaders
  • Defends his non-violent strategy
march on washington for jobs and freedom3
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
  • August 28, 1963
  • 250,000 attended (60,000 were whites)
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March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
  • Goal:
    • Equal rights
    • Better opportunities in the workplace
    • “Jobs and Freedom”
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March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
  • Continuation of what A. Philip Randolph worked for during World War II
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Selma, Alabama
  • Goal: Registration of black voters
  • Only 3% were registered to vote
bloody sunday1
Bloody Sunday
  • Over 70 end up in the hospital
importance of selma
Importance of Selma
  • Demonstrates the need for a federal voting rights act
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Martin Luther King Jr.
  • April 4, 1968
  • 39 years old
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James Earl Ray
  • Fled
  • Took several months for the FBI to capture (found in London)
  • Confessed
  • Later recanted; said he had nothing to do with King’s death and it was a government conspiracy
  • Never gave motives for his involvement in the shooting
  • 1942
  • Chicago
core beliefs
CORE Beliefs
  • Non-violence
  • Civil disobedience
  • Interracial cooperation
  • Was active in both the north and south
  • South
    • Fought segregation
  • North
    • Fought against discrimination in housing and employment
    • Fought against school segregation
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Freedom Rides
  • 1961- CORE sent members to the deep South to desegregate public bus terminals
  • Met with extreme violence
  • One bus was fire-bombed
freedom riders
Freedom Riders
  • Both black and white
  • Severely beaten by white mobs
  • Occurs throughout the South
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Freedom Rides
  • Violence was playing out on TV so other civil rights organizations such as SNCC decide to get involved to help CORE
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Freedom Summer
  • CORE works with SNCC and the NAACP
  • Focus on ending disfranchisement in Mississippi
    • 6% of blacks had the right to vote
  • Sent people down to help African-Americans register to vote
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Freedom School
  • Taught black history and the philosophy of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Over 3000 students attend
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White Reaction to the Freedom Summer
  • Violently opposed
    • Freedom schools attacked
    • 30 black homes burned
    • 37 black churches burned
    • 80 volunteers (black and white) were beaten by the police or white mobs
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Freedom Summer Workers
  • Murdered by the KKK
  • Receives national attention
  • Mississippi refuses to prosecute anyone for their role in these murders
  • Federal government gets involved
  • 18 charged/ 7 convicted
    • Those convicted all receive light sentences for their crimes
  • 1968- CORE becomes more radicalized
  • Begins to support the philosophy of black nationalism
  • Can no longer be thought of as part of the mainstream civil rights movement
  • 1960
  • Founded as an alternative to the SCLC
  • Members were generally young
  • Believed it important that all members had a voice rather than the movement having one central figurehead
  • Willing to work with the SCLC
  • Had their own brand of activism
  • Initially non-violent
sit ins2
  • Would go to a segregated business and sit there until they were served
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Freedom Rides
  • SNCC worked with CORE on the Freedom Rides
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Albany Movement
  • Challenged all forms of segregation in Albany, GA
  • Few tangible gains but brought nationwide attention to Albany
  • Cemented SNCC’s importance in the Civil Rights Movement
transformation of sncc
Transformation of SNCC
  • Members began questioning:
    • Non-violence
    • White involvement in the organization
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Transformation of SNCC
  • These questions led to divides within the organization
carmichael and sncc
Carmichael and SNCC
  • 1966- Carmichael is name the chairman of SNCC
  • Transforms from a civil rights organization to a Black Power movement
women in the civil rights movement1
Women in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Too often the actions of women are overlooked
  • Often worked behind the scenes
  • Male civil rights leaders would not have been able to accomplish anywhere near as much without the efforts of women
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Ella Baker
  • Involved in almost every civil rights organization
    • NAACP
    • National Director of SCLC
    • Founder of SNCC
fannie lou hamer4
Fannie Lou Hamer
  • Sharecropper from Mississippi
  • Involuntarily sterilized by the state
    • Never able to have children
hamer and the civil rights movement
Hamer and the Civil Rights Movement
  • 1962- went to a meeting held by SNCC
  • Decided to register to vote
  • Went with 17 other blacks to the courthouse
  • Harassed by the police and KKK
  • Fired from her job
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Hamer and the Civil Rights Movement
  • 1962-64- worked as an organizer for SNCC in Mississippi
  • Harassment
  • Arrested
  • While in jail, was beaten so badly she lost vision in her left eye and had horrible health problems the rest of her life
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Hamer and the Civil Rights Movement
  • Participated in the Freedom Summer
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Hamer and the Civil Rights Movement
  • Believed the movement needed to be interracial
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Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
  • Hamer helped found this organization
  • Wanted to showcase their problems at the national level
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Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
  • Went to the 1964 Democratic Convention
  • Asked to be seated
  • Said the Mississippi delegation was not valid because blacks in Mississippi could not vote
  • Democratic Party ignored the delegation
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Charlayne Hunter
  • Example of an “ordinary” woman during this era
  • Not involved in the civil rights movement officially but was representative of many black women during this time
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Charlayne Hunter
  • 1961- first African-American student accepted at the University of Georgia
  • School didn’t want her to attend because she was black
  • She wanted to go because UGA had the best journalism school
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Charlayne Hunter
  • “two, four, six, eight, we don’t want to integrate… niggah go home.”
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Charlayne Hunter
  • Attended UGA and earned her degree
  • Paved the way for other African-Americans to attend this school
james meredith2
James Meredith
  • 1961- court rules University of Mississippi has to be desegregated
  • Meredith- first African-American student to go to the University of Mississippi
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Ross Barnett
  • Governor of Mississippi
  • Personally blocked Meredith from registering for classes
  • Said any federal troops sent in would be arrested by the state militia
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John F Kennedy
  • Sent in 320 federal marshals to escort Meredith to his dorm room
battle of oxford
Battle of Oxford
  • Thousands of whites attacked the federal marshals and Meredith
  • Guns, clubs, bombs
  • 2 dead
  • 300 injured
  • Thousands in property damage
battle of oxford outcome
Battle of Oxford Outcome
  • Over 300 soldiers were stationed at the University of Mississippi for a year to ensure peace
  • Continued to work in the Civil Rights Movement
  • 1966- shot while conducting a one-man freedom march to draw attention to conditions in the area for blacks
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George Wallace
  • Governor of Alabama
  • “I draw the line in the dust…and I say, segregation now! Segregation tomorrow! Segregation forever!”
  • Becomes the face for anti-integration
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George Wallace
  • 1963- University of Alabama was ordered to be desegregated
  • Wallace stands in the doorway to try and block this from happening (June 1963)
  • 1968- runs for President with the American Independent Party
  • Platform: Segregation
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US During the Civil Rights Movement
  • Blacks and whites knew that this meant that changes would be occurring
  • Whites- found many of these changes too radical (especially in the South)
  • Caused many whites to harden their stance on segregation
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US During the Civil Rights Movement
  • At the same time whites were becoming more supportive of segregation, blacks were realizing that change was not coming quickly
  • Led many to become more radicalized
  • Led to the emergence of the Black Power movement