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Signs of the Times  Civil Rights Collage

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Signs of the times Civil Rights Collage: Kelly Cordingley 





 Civil rights stretched throughout the 1900's, and still continues today.  Many African American's were wrongly persecuted because of the color of their skin. In To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Tom Robinson,  a Black man was given the verdict of guilty for a crime he didn't commit, while it would be nice to think this was an isolated case, it wasn't, this happened all over America. The civil rights movement occurred mostly between the 1930’s-1970.  A main advocate for Civil rights was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; he led many marches for African American rights, and for equality.  Sadly, Dr. King was a victim of hatred when in 1968 he was assassinated by a white man.  The Klu Klux Klan, also mentioned in To Kill a Mockingbird, was a hate group who targeted Catholics, Jews, Communists, and most of all, African Americans.  The KKK lynched an incredible amount of African Americans; they brutally beat them and many other hateful things, all because of the color of their skin.  In Harper Lee’s book, she depicts the hate that many white people felt for African Americans.


*Article 1*  This piece was chosen because it is much like To Kill A Mockingbird.  Like To Kill  A Mockingbird, the trial was based on purley curcumstantial evidence.  It shows that the state of Oregan would go to lengths to terroize an Affrican American, just like Maycomb county did to Tom Robinson.


*Article 2* In the Decatur trial 9 African American boys were convicted of raping 2 white girls.  Later, one of the girls writes a letter to her boyfriend denying the rape and it is atken in as evidence with the Police.  Yet one of the boys STILL gets the electric chair.  This is just like to Kill a mocking Bird, all the evidence against the boys was basically false, seeing as the event never happened and still, they were charged, just as Tom Robinson was.



*Article 3* This is an article about Mrs. Patterson, who was the mother of one of the boys indited for rape of two white girls. This was from an African American newspapers who actually would hear this mother's side of the story, Where as the white newspapers disregarded her.



* Article 4* In this article, 4 African Americans are running for senate, though since 95% of voters are white, they probably will not win.  This article shows how African Americans are starting to fight back against the injustice brought against them.





 *Article 5*  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot to death on April 4,  this shows that even in the 1960's there is such hatred of African Americans.  This relates to To Kill A Mockingbird because the Finche children are growing up during a time where racism and hatred is horrible, and they have to figure out why that is, but this shows that it wasn't just a short time period which racism was strong, it was a very long time.






*Picture 1* In 1963 there is still a lot of racism. This picture depicts dogs attacking a Civil rights activist. This picture shows that racism was strong still.


*Picture 2* In Harper Lee's book, To Kill a Mockingbird, she recalls her childhood during the depression in a southern town.  This book depicts how horrible racism is, and how many whites would do anything to harm an African American.  She tell us about the trial of an African American man for rape of a white girl, and although all evidence points to him being innocent, he is still convicted. This book was all about racism and civil rights in the 1930's.





*Picture 3* This picture is urging the courts not to hang this African American man who they believe is innocent . 





*Picture 4* During the depression times were hard for everyone, but many white people were against African Americans finding work at all, demamnding that they stop.  I chose this picture because it really shows the hatred people had for African Americans even though times were hard for everyone.







*Picture 5*This Picture shows that not all White's were against african american rights.  These people are somewhat like the Finches, they believe in equal rights and don't think they're any better.




*Picture 6* The KKK (Klu Klux Klan) came back to life in the 1920'2-1930's.  They lynched hundreds and hundreds of African Americans across America.  They also targeted Catholics, Jew's, basically anyone who wasn't white and protastant.  In To Kill A Mocking bird, Scout Mention's the KKK coming back into power.




*Picture 7* This picture depicts 3 African American civil rights demonstrators being hosed with water.  All they did was a sit in and they got hosed which, as usual was unjust.




*Picture 8* Women and children being arrested for violating Birmingham Laws which state that Whites and African American's can't be served in the same food establishment.


*Picture 9* In this picture, it is a KKK meeting, but the members brought their children along so their children would learn their ways so that genarations of KKK members would live on.


*Picture 10* A group of men join in prayer right before a Civil Rights march.








Becky Winegarner's Project - Hour 2













Grace Anne's Civil Rights Collage:


Grace Anne Johnson

Hour 2 and 4

May 11, 2009

Civil Rights Act In To Kill a Mockingbird

          In the book, “To Kill A Mockingbird”, the need for Civil Rights occurs often in the town of Maycomb. Atticus, Scout and Jem’s father, is a lawyer who has to defend a black man, Tom Robinson, in the case of Tom being convicted for raping a nineteen year old girl. It is the simple phrase as “black and white” that the bias jury exploits. Tom, being a Negro, is proven guilty although, everybody in the stands believes his reasoning not to be guilty. Civil Rights, in this case, was against a black man who did not even hurt the lady who said so herself. She, being a woman and white colored skin, the jury believes her because they are bias against blacks. This is obviously not right and should have never happened in the past, but we cannot take back what we have done in the southern parts of the United States during the 20’s and 30’s.



Comments (3)

snelson@bluevalleyk12.org said

at 7:22 pm on May 1, 2009


snelson@bluevalleyk12.org said

at 12:01 am on May 16, 2009

Wow- you have found some excellent articles and your captions clearly provide relevant information for your audience. My only suggestions would be to edit, edit and then edit some more. You might have someone help you edit; sometimes we can't see our own mistakes. The most obvious mistakes I saw related to capitalization "Civil Rights Movement" underline or "" titles of books, check spelling using spell check and make sure the spelling is indeed a word you planned to use. Sometimes a word is not misspelled but it is not the word you thought you were using. This is an excellent collection of articles - just edit and you will be finished with an A. Mrs. Nel

snelson@bluevalleyk12.org said

at 12:08 am on May 16, 2009

I like the way the collage jumps out at you; something new for me. I think the choice of photos is excellent. Great Job, Mrs. Nel

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