The Civil Rights Movement

was a period of time when blacks attempted to gain
their constitutional rights of which they were being deprived. The movement has
occurred from the 1950's to the present, with programs like Affirmative Action.
Many were upset with the way was being carried out in
the 1960's. As a result, someone assassinated the leader of the movement, Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Many blacks were infuriated at this death so there were
serious riots in almost 100 cities. President Johnson then appointed a committee
called The Kerner Commission to study the civil rights movement. They concluded
the following: "We are moving toward two societies-one white and one black,
separate and unequal." There is some ...

Want to read the rest of this paper?
Join Essayworld today to view this entire essay
and over 50,000 other term papers

the Grandfather Clause. Also when some blacks went to
vote, people simply wouldn't let them register. Due to lack of voting ability,
no blacks were elected into office and therefore, blacks had no say in the
government. Also, blacks were not allowed to serve on juries, yet they were
almost always found guilty in court, even if the evidence was clearly against
them. For example, years ago a boy in Georgia broke into a school to steal an
ice cream. While he should have gotten a few hours of community service, he got
three years in jail just because he was black. A truth to the Kerner Commission
report that occurs today is that blacks are not being represented in Congress
proportionally. While 12% of U.S. citizens are black, there is only one black in
the Senate out of a hundred seats. This is a failure because blacks should be
proportionally represented because it is their right to have a sufficient say in
government. However, the civil rights movement was more of a success ...

Get instant access to over 50,000 essays.
Write better papers. Get better grades.

Already a member? Login

who was accused of killing his
wife, received a fair trial and was let off not-guilty. In the 60's in the south,
he would have been found guilty very quickly.

In the economic sense, the Kerner report has some truth today, but overall the
civil rights movement was a huge success in this area because blacks are much
better off today than they were before the movement. Before the civil rights
movement, almost every black was very poor and they weren't able to get good
jobs because of their skin color. There was no middle class for blacks, just a
lower class. They didn't have equal opportunity. An economic failure of the
movement is the amount of poor blacks that still exist. The children ...

Succeed in your coursework without stepping into a library.
Get access to a growing library of notes, book reports,
and research papers in 2 minutes or less.


The Civil Rights Movement. (2008, August 22). Retrieved January 21, 2021, from
"The Civil Rights Movement.", 22 Aug. 2008. Web. 21 Jan. 2021. <>
"The Civil Rights Movement." August 22, 2008. Accessed January 21, 2021.
"The Civil Rights Movement." August 22, 2008. Accessed January 21, 2021.
Join today and get instant access to this and 50,000+ other essays

Added: 8/22/2008 04:40:16 PM
Category: American History
Type: Premium Paper
Words: 1408
Pages: 6

Save | Report


Save and find your favorite essays easier

Birmingham, Alabama And The Civ...
The Civil Rights Movement: Some...
The Civil Rights Movement
What Life Was Like Before The C...
Segregation And The Civil Right...
Women in the Civil Rights Movem...
The Civil Rights Movement
The Civil Rights Museum
Events Of The Civil Rights Mov
Civil Rights Movement
Copyright | Cancel | Contact Us

Copyright © 2021 Essayworld. All rights reserved