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Civil Rights Movement Research Project

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Brittanie Milnes

on 4 March 2015

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Transcript of Civil Rights Movement Research Project

Civil Rights Movement
Medgar Evers:
Born in Decatur, Mississippi, 1925
Battle of Normandy; U.S. Army, 1953
Alcorn State University; Business Administration major
M. Myrlie Beasley, 1951
Moved to Mound Bayou, Mississippi; later Jackson, Mississippi
Sold Insurance until application to University of Mississippi Law School denied, 1954
Medgar Evers
What happened?
A series of non -violent protests that started on February 1, 1960 in Greensboro, North Carolina
Four black students from NCA&T Center walked into F.W. Woolworth's and sat at the lunch counter, where the store owners would not allow people of color to sit
Protests spread to other stores and business and within a week, nearly 1400 students sat at Woolworth's counter in protest, no protesters were arrested except for one incident of tresspassing
Medgar Evers: Civil Rights
Held at gunpoint for trying to vote in local election right after graduating high school
Supported James Meredith being first black man enrolled to University of Mississippi, 1962
President of Regional Council of Negro Leadership (RNCL) civil rights and pro-self help organization, boycott service stations, NAACP, campaign against white merchants
Received death threats for supporting civil rights on television, in speeches, and publicly investigating the murder of Emmett Till
Murdered by KKK member, June 12, 1963, a few hours after JFK announced support of civil rights. Burieed Arlington National Cemetary
Civil Rights Movement Research Project
Brittanie Milnes
Hour 4
March 2, 2015
Greensboro Sit-Ins
Works Cited
"NAACP History: Medgar Evers", NAACP, www.naacp.org, February 27,2015
"Greensboro Sit-In", North Carolina History Project, www.northcarolinahistory.org, Johnothan Murray, February 26, 2015
"The Greensboro Chronology", International Civil Rights Center & Museum, www.sitinmovement.org, February 27, 2015
February to April 1960
Feb. 15, mayor and protesters negotiations begin
March - 20,000 citizen letters to the local government with 73% in favor of integrating the lucnh counters. Sit-Ins in 55 cities and 13 states
April - Picketing on Elm and Sycamore streets, 12,000 students pledged to continue protesting, April 2nd F.W. Woolworth's and Kress store closed lunch counters, Thurgood Marshall speech at Bennet College, organized Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
June and July 1960
June, Dudley High School students protest in place of college students who've left during the summer vacation, protests expand to Meyers and Wallgreens
July, F.W. Woolworths open to all who are "properly dressed and well-behaved", Kress present when decision is made.
July 25, Woolworth's and Kress have integrated their lunch counters
July 26, officially no longer segregated
Total of 70,000 people participated in the protests
How did this affect the civil rights movement?
Successful in partial integration
Increased national awareness of segregation
This was done without assistance from organisations
No legal actions against protesters other than the 24 tresspassing students
Simple and effective
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