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Chapter 12: Baby Boomers, Rebellion, and Wars ESSENTIAL QUESTION What advances were made in civil rights during the postwar period? What words do I need to know? Brown v. Board of Education Southern Christian Leadership Conference Sit-in Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Civil Rights Act of 1964 Voting Rights Act of 1965 What people do I need to know? Martin Luther King, Jr. Charlayne Hunter & Hamilton Holmes Ivan Allen Andrew Young How did the events of the Civil Rights Movement affect you, and how do the ways people acted and were treated make you feel? 1948: racial integration ordered in armed forces 1950: Brown v. Board of Education – case struck down “separate but equal” concept; schools were to be integrated Sibley Commission: found that most Georgians would rather close schools than integrate More private schools opened 1961: Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes first African American students at UGA 1971: All Georgia public schools integrated Dec. 1, 1955: Rosa Parks, African American, refused to give up her bus seat to whites in Montgomery, AL Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the NAACP organized civic leaders and prepared marches Supreme court ruled segregation on public transportation unconstitutional Martin Luther King, Jr. of Atlanta Developed a nonviolent approach to social change Four-prong approach: direct, nonviolent actions legal remedies ballots economic boycotts SCLC: Southern Christian Leadership Conference – civil rights group led by Dr. King Sit-in: Dr. King’s strategy to people refuse to leave a public building until their demands are met 1961: Albany, GA becomes center of civil rights activity SNCC: Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee – challenged segregated bus system in Albany Nearly 500 people jailed Biracial committee formed to study concerns of African Americans Video: “The Beat of Civil Rights” 1963: Martin Luther King, Jr. begins work to integrate all aspects of public life in Birmingham, AL Over 3000 people arrested Bomb killed 4 black children in their church African Americans and whites from the north and south began to join together to stop the violence President Kennedy created new civil rights laws Kennedy was assassinated before the new laws came into effect Lyndon Johnson became president and pushed for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 All public facilities had to be integrated Discrimination was prohibited in business and labor unions 1964: Freedom Summer – Martin Luther King, Jr. and SNCC worked to get African Americans registered to vote Selma-to-Montgomery, AL march led by Dr. King Nearly 30,000 marchers Congress passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 – one million African Americans were registered to vote Some people moved from the nonviolent strategies to more aggressive ones SNCC and “Black Panthers” confronted police Malcolm X preached black separatism Race riots in Los Angeles, Detroit, and Newark April 1968: Dr. King assassinated in Memphis, TN while working with striking sanitation workers Integration in Atlanta was relatively peaceful Church leaders get much credit for this peaceful change William Hartsfield: Atlanta mayor who expanded Atlanta’s airport and worked with African American and white leaders; worked to integrate Atlanta’s schools Ivan Allen: Atlanta mayor ordered removal of “white” and “colored” segregation signs in the City Hall; integrated police and fire services and city government Troubled times followed but were overcome The city became known as “the city too busy to hate” Video: “Atlanta’s Example” Click to return to Table of Contents.
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