Week 5: February 18 – Monday Class schedule – No Class February 20— Civil Rights Movement in the US (1955-68) Characterized by a non-violent approach, African Americans in the United States engaged in a deep struggle to end racism and access voting rights in their own country. The movement employed a diverse repertoire of civil disobedience, most prominently engaging in marches, sit-ins, and boycotts. While post-1968 African American activists critiqued what they envisioned as these leaders’ “cooperation” with the white establishment, the movement should, nevertheless, be credited with a number of legislative achievements, including The Civil Rights Act of 1964, Voting Rights of 1965, as well as the Fair Housing Act of 1968.
Gibson Robinson, Jo Ann and David J. Garrow. 1987. The Montgomery bus boycott and the women who started it: the Memoir of Jo Ann Gibson Robinson. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press.
Selection: The Origin of the Trouble, Pp. 53-76