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Ways African Americans Protested During the Civil Rights Era

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Breiona Jackson

on 6 May 2015

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Background Information
Even though slavery had ended, African Americans were still being discriminated against because of their color. As time went on they became more fed up with the way they were being treated because they were living as any other American citizen. Therefore they began to take action in violent and nonviolent ways.
A nonviolent approach to ending discrimination were Sit-Ins. Sit-Ins were when African Americans sat quietly in WHITE ONLY restaurants. African Americans would sit quietly and wait to be served, while whites threw food, pour drinks, and tormented them. They intended to remain calm throughout the whole process.
Riots were another approach on ending discrimination. Unlike the other 2, riots were violent. Riots were when a crowd of people disturb a community. African American would loot, arson, and destroy homes and businesses.
Ways African Americans Protested During the Civil Rights Era

by Breiona Jackson & Sidni Sands

Why is This Important?
Boycotts were another nonviolent way that blacks protested. They would simply stop using, participating in, or dealing with a particular product, business, or organization. This was effective because businesses would begin to lose so much money that they had no choice but to change their regulations. An example of boycotting was the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955-1956, after Rosa Parks was arrested.
These actions, just naming a few, were ways that African Americans showed that they've had enough of being treated differently because of the color of their skin. Things like this are still going on today and we need to learn from past experiences and understand that repeating the past won't change the future.
Question 1
Question 2
On a sheet of paper, write how you think the events that happened during the Civil Rights Era in 1950-1970's tie into what's going on today.
How do you feel about it?
Just within the last year, many riots have broken out due to racial tension, like the Baltimore riots and the Ferguson riots. Both of these riots were due to a white policeman killing a black man. These actions affects many people all across the world, whites as well.
What are violent ways people protested ?
A. Sit-Ins
B. Boycotts
C. Riots
C. Riots

Civil Rights Movement. (2009). Retrieved April 12, 2015, from http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/civil-rights-movement

The Sit-In Movement. (2015). Retrieved April 12, 2015, from http://www.ushistory.org/us/54d.asp

American civil rights movement. (2015). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved from http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/119368/American-civil-rights-movement/288198/Montgomery-bus-boycott-to-the-Voting-Rights-Act

The major goal of the Civil Rights movements was to
A. permit unlimited immigration
to the US
B. end segregation based on race
C. establish a separate political
state for African Americans
B. end segregation based on race
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