Emmett Till: The Case Of The Civil Rights Movement

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Martin Luther King once said, “ There is no noise as powerful as the sound of the marching feet of determined people”.People have fought for their individuality since the Romans, and continue to do so. Throughout history, there has always been a minority who is treated poorly and is socially oppressed by cultures around them. Abraham Lincoln said, “ ...our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal”. This statement was part of the Gettysburg Address, and is famous to this day. Although, it has been constantly overlooked, and challenged. During the Civil Rights Movement African Americans started to voice their opinions more persistently. African …show more content…
Even Caucasians who believed African Americans should have the same rights as them began to voice their opinions more publically. In this time period, those who opposed the Civil Rights Movement would often result to violence such as murder, lynching, and public humiliation. One of the more recognized cases is the Emmett Till case. In 1955, Emmett Till was sent to visit his uncle for two weeks with some of his friends.On August 24th, Till and some of his friends and cousins visited a small store called Bryant’s Grocery & Meat Market. A Caucasian woman named Carolyn was working the counter. Emmett Till was talking with his buddies about how he had a Caucasian girlfriend back in Chicago. Having a girlfriend is very common both now and then. Although in the 1950s having a “partner” that was the opposite race of you was looked down upon. Till followed one of the other boys into the store and then the other boy left. Emmett Till was alone with her for a few seconds before his cousin; Simeon Wright, came in. Carolyn would later testify that Till spoke to her inappropriately. When Till and Wright left the store, Mrs. Bryant was right behind them, but she walked over to her car to retrieve something. While doing so, Till had whistled at her, and his cousin felt danger was approaching. They then left the store, and the next morning two men pounded on the door of the Wright home and …show more content…
Both sides continued to fight, and it was shown just how far each person was willing to go. Age did not matter, and victims varied even genders. The Civil Rights Act was signed in July of 1964. This act made segregation illegal and gave African Americans tremendous opportunities for jobs. The 24th Amendment, banned the poll tax, and the Voting Act of 1965 made it illegal to discourage African Americans from voting by using literacy tests, and unnecessary questions. Equality is still questioned and undermined, but it has greatly improved, and is much more bearable. Americans united to fight for a common goal: justice and equality. The death of fourteen year old Emmett Till was a tragic event that sparked major events that played a huge role in how well people developed through the Civil Rights Movement. The Montgomery bus boycott and sit-ins nationwide all proved to the nation that African Americans deserved to be at least noticed in a different light. Throughout the movement many words were shared among the races. A simple no sparked a boycott, and activists words lead people to march. Without the impactful death of this teenage boy from Chicago, African Americans might not have gained the will to fight

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