The Civil Rights Movement of 1964 from a Psychological and Sociological Perspective

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The African-American Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s focused on attaining the most basic rights for African Americans. This Movement focused on the fundamental issues that for White Americans were a basic right. They were freedom, respect, dignity, and economic and social equality. This was a movement of ordinary people who made the difficult decision to stand up for what they believe in. They did this knowing that there would be a price to pay, whether it be being jailed, assaulted, or in some cases even killed. The sociological and psychological motivation behind this Movement, and what drove ordinary people to stand up for what they believed in, and accomplish extraordinary achievements for African-American Civil Rights is that …show more content…
They were tired of living in poverty, while White Americans lived in the middle and upper class statuses. They could only sit back and watch this for so long before they united and made a stand.
The second step was when African-American activists in the North and South convinced the Democratic Party and the federal government to put racial equality and social justice among their highest priorities (Farber, 1994). This group of activists made a stand to the Government, or also known as the power elite, and demanded change.
The third step was that a powerful group of activists and their supporters convinced the federal government that remedies for centuries of racist practiced based on individual relief were not sufficient and that radical solutions would be necessary (Farber, 1994). This is another example of the conflict theory. These activists were speaking up for their ancestors, and also for future generations that the stratification of Black Americans and White Americans needed to end.
The fourth and final step that helped to dramatically change the nation was that African-Americans rejected the ideal of a color-blind, melting-pot society and began to fight the oppression that they had been subjected to for so long by organizing a program by the name of Black Power (Farber, 1994).

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