Beginning with the Bus Boycott in Birmingham, Alabama briefly describe the Civil Rights movement including the actions black leaders took to secure black civil liberties, and southern whites’...

Beginning with the Bus Boycott in Birmingham, Alabama briefly describe the Civil Rights movement including the actions black leaders took to secure black civil liberties, and southern whites’ reaction to the movement.

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By this point in the Civil Rights Movement, the movement was centered on nonviolent protest and civil disobedience.  This was the center of the movement, being seen in instances such as the bus boycott, the Greensboro sit-ins, and the marches in places like Selma, Alabama.  Black leaders decided that this sort of non-violent confrontation was the best way for them to get whites around the country to side with them in their struggle.

Their efforts to do so were helped by the reaction of many Southern whites.  In general, the more violent the reaction, the more it helped the movement.  The actions of people like Bull Connor and of those who attacked the Freedom Riders made the civil rights activists look like they were heroic people who were going up against evil antagonists.  This helped them gain the sympathy of whites around the country and led to the success.

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