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Civil rights movement for kids

By: Matthew Prorok

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Freedom Riders

Greensbro sit-ins

Selma March

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The Selma marches took place on March 7, 1965, in Selma Alabama. during the first march, the marchers were met with violence and tear gas, but the marches still went through 80 towns. the second march took place 2 days later and ended abruptly at a barricade of state troopers. the third and final march took place 12 days later when the Alabama president issued an order telling the Alabama National Guard, and set up whatever military forces the defensive army said were necessary. The 5200 marchers marched 54 miles protected by 2000 U.S soldiers. This march was so effective that 250,000 blacks got enrolled to vote!

Selma Marches

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This photo represents the second day of the march where the marcher got barricaded by a group of U.S soldiers.

This photo represents the first day of the selma march where the marchers got met with violence

This photo represents the third day of the march where the marchers were protected by the U.S military to keep them safe on there 54 mile march.

This is important because this artifact shows us how harshly the marchers were treated by the people to make sure they couldn't have any rights. The marchers were sprayed with fire hoses and tear gas.

This photo shows the marchers peacefully protesting, but they were stopped by the state troopers to ensure they couldn't march. Even though they were stopped, this didn't stop the protestors from staying peaceful.

This photo is important because it represents the third day of the march which was the day the marchers walked 54 miles. These 5,200 marchers walked alongside 2,000 U.S. soldiers ensuring their safety. This act gave blacks the right to vote.

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The Freedom Riders started their protest in 1961 in Washington D.C. Their initial final destination was gonna be New Orleans Louisiana. The Freedom Riders set out to see if they could sit anywhere on the bus. When the Freedom Riders got to Anniston Alabama They got ambushed by the KKK and got attacked with baseball bats, iron pipes, and bicycle chains. This made the KKK believe that they achieved their goal. The Freedom Riders achieved their goal though because they got a law passed saying that there was no more segregation on buses. This law had to be passed because the bus companies were going out of business so they had to allow blacks to sit where they wanted on the buses.

Freedom Riders


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This photo represents the buses that got burned down by the KKK.

This photo represents the peaceful protests that the Freedom Riders set up.

This photo represents all of the Freedom Riders who got arrested during the protest.

This photo is important because it shows us how harshly the KKK treated these peaceful protestors by beating them with bats, poles, and bicycle chains. this eventually led to the KKK burning down buses, and the KKK after doing all of this harsh stuff felt accomplished.

This photo is important because it shows us the peaceful protestors riding the buses through town trying to make a difference. Freedom Riders were risking their lives for human rights and equality.

This photo is important because it shows us the protestor's mug shots from getting arrested. The cool thing about this is that the Riders were willing to get arrested to change the law. The Riders got arrested for violating the segregation laws.

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Greensboro Sit-ins

The Greensboro Sit-ins began in 1960 in Greensboro North Carolina. Students at Greens Burrow set out to Woolworths because blacks couldn't sit and eat at the lunch counter. During the sit-ins, the students sat at the lunch counter until closing and they were refused service, but this didn't stop them. The blacks were fed up with white people and the law pushing them around. This movement grew bigger over time and more and more blacks began to sit at the lunch counter till closing. Some of these students got arrested for trespassing but the protesting didn't stop. As a result of these protests, the nation became more aware of the harsh treatment of African Americans and partially integrated into the U.S. The Greensboro Sit-ins inspired other blacks and 13 more U.S. states started Sit-ins at their local restaurants.

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This photo represents the 4 freshmen who started this movement.

This photo is important because the 4 freshmen in the picture started this big movement by going to segregated lunch counters and sitting there until closing. Over time the movement grew and more and more blacks began to sit at segregated restaurants.

This photo represents the people who got arrested for sit-ins at restaurants.

This photo is important because it shows us the commitment the blacks had to this movement and were willing to get arrested for trespassing for sitting at the lunch counter illegally, but this didn't stop them they were determined to make a change.

This photo represents how poorly the blacks were treated.

This photo is important because it shows us how poorly treated the blacks were at these sit-ins, white customers would harass them every time they had these sit-ins. The customers didn't use violence, but they would throw their food at the blacks. Even through all of this, this didn't stop the protest.