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HOW DID THE US CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IMPACT AND INFLUENCE TH
Transcript of HOW DID THE US CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IMPACT AND INFLUENCE TH
An Australian woman named Mary Bennett was influenced by Anthony Martin Fernando, an Aboriginal man from Sydney (who was influenced by the American Civil RIghts movement), who left Australia in disgust and travelled to Europe to write and talk about the status of Aboriginal people in Australia. In the 1920's he stood outside Australia House in London wearing a coat covered in toy skeletons. His message was that this is what the Australian government has done to his people. He wasn't well received and he died in a home for destitute old men in London. Mary heard him talk and decided that she had to do something. She travelled from England back to Kalgoorlie in WA, and began to campaign for Aboriginal rights.
Australian and US
Civil Rights Movement
There are some major differences between the American Civil Rights movement and the Australia Civil Rights movement. One being the reason the movements started in the first place. The African Americans were fighting for the right to be equal and to break out of slavery, while Indigenous Australians were fighting for their land rights and for their children because they weren't deemed capable enough to raise them themselves.
The America Civil Rights movement influenced the Australia Civil Rights movement in the sense that people, groups and events in the US were largely publicized, and made it over to Australia, giving inspiration to the underprivileged and those who were willing to help them.
HOW THE US CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IMPACT AND INFLUENCE THE ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIGHT ISLANDER CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
In February 1965, a group of University of Sydney students who were inspired by the United States Freedom Rides organised a bus tour of Western Australia and coastal New South Wales towns. The purpose was to draw attention to the poor state of Aboriginal health, education and housing, and to lesson the socially discriminatory barriers which existed between Aboriginal and white people.
On the 26th January, 1938, the 150th anniversary of the British colonisation of Australia, a conference called by the APA (Aborigines' Progressive Association) declared January 26 a "day of mourning" and protest, attacking the myth of white benevolence and saying, "You came here only recently, and you took our land away from us by force. You have almost exterminated our people, but there are enough of us remaining to expose the humbug of your claim as white Australians, to be a civilised, progressive, kindly and humane nation. By your cruelty and callousness towards the Aborigines you stand condemned in the eyes of the civilised world."
Five days after the conference, members of the APA met with Prime Minister Joseph Lyons and presented a 10-Point Plan for achieving Aboriginal equality with white Australians, similar to the 10-Point Plan that the Black Panther Party constructed for minorities in America
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