HIST 306

During this course I will be examining the trajectory from the Civil Right Movements of the 1950s and 1960s to the Black Lives Matter Movement of 1990s until the most recent events of 2020. I examined the civil rights movements by creating a podcast series. This was a three part podcast series. The first part focused on notions that erase the truth behind the Civil Rights Movement, such as the racial injustice at the heart of American society and those who have often been treated as “Un-American” and seen as threats to society. Modern Presidents, leaders, politicians, and teachers have contributed to the fable about the Civil Rights Movement being an example of the progress of Democracy and used to erase the racial sins of the past. These unsupported notions about racial progress leaves out civil rights leaders’ larger commitments to challenging racism, inequality, and discrimination. The second episode of the podcast focused on activists, such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, etc. were surveilled, harassed, ostracized as troublemakers, and berated as extremists, as racial injustice flourished and those who dared to call it out were criticized. The third episode centered around the Black Lives Matter Movement and how this movement has transformed overtime since the Civil Rights Movement. The Black Lives Matter Movement has affected change in the Black community in their fight against police brutality, mass incarceration, inequality, and discrimination. The Black Lives Matter Movement has turned into a social movement that reflects the real values and goals of the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.