Civil Rights Movement

April 26, 2019

        In Mr. Wayman’s American History II class, the students have been learning about the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Within this unit students have learned about the influence WWII veterans had on the movement, the cultural norms of society and how they have changed, as well as important people, events, and themes. Students have read and analyzed Martin Luther King Jr.’s, “I Have A Dream” speech and looked at who his audience really was. Students have also watched clips of the discrimination and racial violence peaceful protestors had to face from the Lunch Counter Sit-ins of the SNCC, to the Freedom Riders, or to the March on Birmingham. Students were also able to evaluate how the Civil Rights Movement differed in parts of the country. While the South had more laws against desegregating and equality, the North still had cultural and societal norms discrimination that they had to face. We compared MLK to other leaders of the movement such as Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael and how their views were similar, different, whom they could connect and inspire, and their overall impacts on the movement. Throughout this unit, the students have also learned the important role the media played through the whole civil rights process and the perspective they gave to the American people. The final step in this unit is to apply to today what we have learned, what lessons we can take away from Malcolm X, MLK, and even the Urban city riots of the 1960s, as well as the power the media has on American citizens and movements as a whole. The final unit this class has left is the 1970s with Vietnam and Watergate and the end of the Cold War with Reagan.