Media Influence For African Americans During The Civil Rights Movement

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Since radio, television, and all other forms of media began, their presence in the world has been constantly growing. The media today has become part of everyday life, and is continuing to expand its domain. The United States since the start World War 2 began has been shaped and altered by newspapers, radio, television coverage, and more. While it was once made up a small portion of the average person’s life and could be avoided, now media coverage is unavoidable with cell phones and laptops giving constant updates of what is going on in the world. However, since media began, there has been a struggle to decide if it has been a positive or negative influence of the United States as a whole. The coverage helps to expand the average American’s …show more content…
African Americans from the majority of America’s life have been discriminated and had their rights taken away due to the color of their skin. Up until the 1960s when the Civil Rights Movement began, African Americans were trying to gain more rights, but their efforts resulted in extremely slow changes. The expanding media influence during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s resulted in more change than the black community had accomplished in one hundred years. The nonviolent actions of civil rights leader Martin Luther King brought with it angry racist whites looking for violence. Whites were reacting violently to the African American’s nonviolent actions such as sit-ins and the violent actions were broadcasted across the country by news stations. The broadcast of the nonviolent protests continued to grow with the freedom rides in Birmingham, Anniston, and Montgomery Alabama in 1961 as the news exposed the inhumane actions of many white people who attacked the peaceful protestors. The broadcasting of the countless nonviolent action such as the Birmingham Movement in 1963, the enrollment of 9 black students at the Little Rock School System in 1957, and the brutal murder of a young African American boy named Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955 led to an internal change in the eyes of many Americans. The support for black rights continued to grow from other African Americans as well as caucasians up north who saw the awful broadcasts of white men attacking innocent blacks and felt the need to help. The presence of the media in influencing people across America eventually lead to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which banned discrimination based off color, religion, sex, race, or national

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