This project offers a deep analysis of the Civil Rights movement and organizations of the 1950s-70’s as well as how these organizations evolved into the recent Black Lives Matter movement of the 21st Century. The Civil Rights movement’s long history of Black people struggling for rights, equality, and efforts against segregation in America lead to a series of activistic events and resistance towards America. Acknowledging many of the mass protest and demonstrations of the Civil Rights movement such as the March on Washington, the Montgomery Bus Boycotts, Greensboro Sit-ins, and the Million Man March. Recognizing the toxic national narrative of male leaders being at the forefront of the movements and organizations; SCLC, CORE, and the NAACP. Creating a narrative that excluded the publicity, significance, and creditability of women, the LGBT community, and the youth. Playing a huge role in the success of the Civil Rights movement. Then, fast-forwarding to a new age of protest, fighting against police brutality in the 21st Century. The Black Lives Matter movement (BLM) capitalizing on the mistakes of the Black Panther Party’s unfinished work against police brutality, while embracing the strategies of the non-violent Civil Rights movement. There is a change in the attitude towards women, the LGBT community, and the youth, with BLM’s full expectance of all people, unlike in the Civil Rights movement and Black Panther Party. Along with BLM’s ability to mobilize, organize and expand larger and quicker with the help of social networking in the techno era of social media platforms.


Walters, Jordan




Civil Rights and Discrimination

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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