Civil Rights Movement TWEETS

So many events in the Civil Rights Movement – imagine of you were present at all of them! How would you communicate the basic information of each major event quickly and concisely? Well, if we could send some technology back in time, maybe you could “tweet” your way through the Movement.

In this activity, you will report about various events, people, and organizations using Twitter as a model. In case you don’t know, Twitter is a social networking site that allows people to keep up with each other by posting messages of “tweets” that are no more than 140 characters in length. Over the next few days, you will use Chapter 29 and ABC-CLIO to post “tweets” about the events, individuals, and ideas listed below. This will serve as your Civil Rights Era study guide! Cut and paste the material below into a new page on your Unit 8 Online Notebook, and tweet away.

EXAMPLE – Why was Brown v. Board important?
Tweet Plessey overturned by SC, separate is not equal, schools must desegregate “with all deliberate speed”, should lead 2 more – bye bye Jim Crow? Will b some opposition! (that’s 138 characters … and a pretty complete tweet!)

Section 1 – Origins of the Civil Rights Movement

What "changes" were making the efforts of African Americans more successful than ever?
TweetAmericans realized that racism was immoral. After fighting in the war in Europe, blacks were even more determined to gain equal rights. Lastly, blacks had more resources, they made more money and knew more people.

What happened in Montgomery in 1955, and what were the results of this protest?

Tweet – People boycotted the buses because they would not integrate the bus lines. Eventually the U.S. Supreme court ruled it unconstitutional and the the year long boycott ended.

What happened in Little Rock in 1957, and what were the results of this event?
TweetIn Little Rock in September of 1957 the school was integrated. It was not easy and it took several days to happen. The government had to send troops there so that the nine African Americans were not harmed.

What happened in Greensboro in 1960, and what were the results of this event?
Tweet Four black college students sat-in at a only white lunch counter. It led to sit-ins across the country and many lunch places desegragated.

What happened on the Freedom Rides?

Tweet The Congress of Racial Equality planned the Freedom Rides to desegregate buses that traveled in several states. Four months later, the CORE achieved their goal, the government made the buses integrated.

What was the story and impact of the Birmingham Protests in 1963?
African Americans in Alabama planned a protest to desegregate public places and gain more opportunities. The public was horrified to learn that police used dogs and fire hoses on the protesters. Soon, white leaders agreed to desegregate much of society.

Describe the March on Washington, including the impact.
TweetMany organizations planned a demonstration in Washington D.C. to gain support for new civil rights laws. Martin Luther King delievered his famous speech during this protest. President Kennedy promised to support the civil rights organizations.

What was the deal with the Civil Rights Act of 1964?
TweetThis law banned segregation in all public areas. In addition, it initiated the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to prevent businesses from discriminating. Segregation was finally illegal throughout the United States.

What was Freedom Summer?
Tweet African Americans still had a hard time voting in the South. Freedom Summer was an effort made in Mississippi to help African Americans to vote.

Tweet about the Voting Rights Act of 1965
Tweet The Voting Rights Acts was an attempt to make it easier for African Americans to vote. It banned tests and other restrictions that made it difficult for blacks to vote. Federal officials were sent to register voters.

Provide a tweet from the Selma to Montgomery March in 1965.
TweetMartin L. King and the SCLC held a voter registration drive. They also planned a protest march to Montgomery. State troopers began to attack the protesters as they left Selma. Soon, when the march continued, President Johnson sent troops to protect them.

Tweet about Johnson’s Great Society – how will it help the Movement?
TweetThe President's goal with this plan was to end poverty and establish racial equality. The Great Society was a series of programs and laws to help citizens, promote education, end prejudice, and protect the environment.

How is the Movement dividing in the later years of the 60s?
African Americans were having a difficult time gaining equality in Chicago. Blacks became frustrated with their lack of power and opportunity. This dissatisfaction led to many riots in the 1960s. Then in 1968, Martin Luther King was assassinated.