Social Change in the Civil Rights Movement

The civil rights movement was an organized effort by Black Americans to end racial discrimination and gain equal rights under the law. It began in the late 1940s and ended in the late 1960s. Although tumultuous at times, the movement was mostly nonviolent and resulted in laws to protect every American’s constitutional rights, regardless of color, race, sex or national origin.


From my analysis of the documentary “Ain’t scared of your jails,” the most significant and memorable scene that captures my attention is between 12:32 and 14:32 where the black students are found guilty of disturbance in the court of law and each is adjured to meet a $50 fine. John Lewis refuses to pay the same and chooses to be locked up for 33 days in the city prison. The other black students joined him in togetherness for their noble cause. He describes that he felt like a badge of honor had been bestowed upon him, engaging in the civil rights crusades. The explanation by Mrs. Alice Walker which depicts parent’s apprehension about their children’s future that to them, was on a perilous path, while to students themselves, they felt relaxed and reenergized for their deeds (INDIVIDUAL THOUGHT). This was a panoply of unity for a purpose.

What captivates me is the student’s unbridled passion to attain their civil rights. They were ready to do anything, including sacrificing their future for a better tomorrow for the black people. It is the ultimate sacrifice for humanity. John Lewis affirms what this meant to them. The students who joined him in court, are evidently both male and female which points that the quest for civil rights was not a one gender affair but a societal responsibility. As arduous this was, the expectation was that maybe a certain gender would be inclined to relent which is not the case. On the other hand, I deem it a sacrifice that the parents had to contend with their children’s views. Mrs. Alice walker reaction convinces of women’s concern for children and their future.

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