In a ten-year period, from the 1950 to the 1960's the south went through a revolution. African Americans struggled to de-segregate America. The Civil Rights Movement meant that finally blacks were fighting back no matter what the circumstances. Before this time there was no need for segregation because most blacks living in the south were slaves. When slavery ended the black code laws were passed that severely limited their rights. There was no freedom for blacks to progress in the south.
Segregation was a complete environment socially and psychologically. Separate facilities were maintained throughout the south for blacks and whites. By custom and by law most blacks were servants, labors, and tenant farmers. Blacks were not allowed to talk to white people as though they were of the same category. For example, Emmet Till, he was a little boy that was killed in 1955 for talking back to a white woman. During this time blacks had no choice, but to obey segregation laws.
African Americans longed to have equal rights. They wished to live without having their pride diminished because of the color of their skin. When the Civil Rights Movement began it was like a tribe of people coming together, full of drive in order to change something. They were going to start with the small acts and slowly move on to the big acts. World War II brought blacks new hope for change however; it is a fact that not everyone had the same opinion. The NAACP brought a list of demands to the Supreme Court.
Segregation was first questioned when on May 17, 1954 courts ruled segregation in schools unconstitutional in Brown Vs. Board of Education (Parks).