How did the media impact the Civil Rights Movement?
The media is defined as "the main means of mass communication (broadcasting, publishing, and the Internet), regarded collectively". There is no denying the powerful force the media has played throughout American history.
The media played a powerful role during the Civil Rights Movement. In this website we will examine the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Selma to Montgomery Marches, and the 1963 Birmingham Demonstrations, and see how the media was instrumental in drawing attention to the plight of African-Americans during this time.
South Carolina US History Standard:
USHC-8.1 Analyze the African American Civil Rights Movement, including initial strategies, landmark court cases and legislation, the roles of key civil rights advocates and the media, and the influence of the Civil Rights Movement on other groups seeking equality.
Have Students complete a KWL chart on the media's role in the Civil Rights Movement
Utilize the analysis tool below for each of the primary resources found on this site.
Here students read a supplement of Stokely Carmichael quote in 1966, and then provide their own comments on the ‘60s Movement
In this activity students conduct a simulation concerning the plight and fight of African-Americans to be able to exercise their rights as citizens guaranteed them in the constitution. For this activity, students will be researching more the strategies and events behind the Civil Rights movement
Library of Congress webquest. Students will use the hyperlinks within the attached document to answer the corresponding questions. All of the links are from the Library of Congress website.