Assess the roles of key individuals and public protest in the success of the Civil Rights Movement in the USA from the 1950’s to the 1960’s.
The role of key individuals and public protest was essential to the success of the civil rights movement in the USA during the 1950’s and 60’s. Key individuals such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King stimulated the ideas that began the Civil Rights Movement and the public protests. Significant protests during the civil Rights Movement include, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, The Birmingham Campaign, The March on Washington, Selma and the voting Rights Act and the King assassination. These protests demonstrated the desire for change contributed greatly to the success of the civil rights movement.
Rosa Parks was a key individual during the Civil Rights movement in the USA. Rosa, an American Civil Rights activist, is often called the ‘first lady of civil rights’ because of the role she played in the movement. Her ‘civil disobedience’ sparked the Montgomery bus Boycott, and inspired some of the other movements that followed. Rosa’s form of protest was effective because it captured the attention of others and clearly displayed the message that see was trying to get across, that busses should be desegregated. The result of Rosa’s protest and the Montgomery Bus Boycott proved that peaceful protest was an effective way to help the Civil Rights Movement. Rosa Parks’ efforts combined with the efforts of other individuals like Martin Luther King greatly influenced the effect of the civil rights movement.
Martin Luther King was one of the most influential people during the civil rights movement in the USA during the 1950’s-60’s. King was a leader in many protests including the Montgomery Bus Boycott, The March on Washington, where he delivered his famous speech ‘I have a dream’, and the Poor People’s March. He became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial...
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