Rhetorical Analysis

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The Civil Rights Movement was at its highest point from 1955-1965. Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, guaranteeing basic civil rights for all Americans, regardless of race, after nearly a decade of nonviolent protests and marches, ranging from 1955-1965 Montgomery bus boycott to the student sit-ins of the 1960s to the Huge March on Washington in 1963. This reform movement was to put an end to racial discrimination against African Americans and to put a stop to segregation in the Southern states. “This era marked a period of struggle for African Americans to gain equal rights and integrate into schools and other public places. Much of the struggle to end racial inequality was documented as the country resisted racial segregation and discrimination.”(Web quest, 1) By working together, most of these protests and rallies were successful and African Americans were able to get their voices heard and gain their civil rights like everyone else.

The Civil Rights Movement wasn’t just about giving speeches and protesting. It was also a time where many singers would gather around in churches and community centers and sing about the rights they’ve been robbed of and freedom they wish to have. Singing “We shall overcome someday” by Pete Seeger, was a big hit and was their way of staying positive and trying every avenue to fight for their basic rights. “Unity is an important message at any time, but during the civil rights movement, it was a vital component. This helped validate the movement, but it also gave people comfort and the knowledge that there was hope in their community.”(Ruehl, 1)

Louis Armstrong sang “Black and Blue”, in this song he is expressing his emotions to this outrage that’s going on in his community. Some of the lyrics are, “what did I do to be so black and blue?” Armstrong was a cultural ambassador for the U.S. during the cold war, performing jazz all over the world. Armstrong was greatly involved in the...
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