Congress Of Racial Equality's Impact On The Civil Rights Movement
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The Congress of Racial Equality was a highly prestigious organization for African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement. This organization was interracial and open to anybody who supported desegregation. Many well-known Civil Rights activists, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Bayard Rustin, took part in this organization. The Congress of Racial Equality organized a number of boycotts that had significant effects on the Civil Rights Movement; the organization helped influence a noteworthy number of boycotts and marches that changed the direction of civil rights and influenced the minds of many.
The Congress of Racial Equality constructed a mission to direct eight white and eight black men into the Deep South to evaluate the Supreme…show more content… He believed that, “…a disobedience movement on the part of Negroes and their white allies, if employed in the South, would result in wholesale slaughter with no good achieved” (Thurgood Marshall, standford.edu). He thought that trying to bring integration to the South would only upset the whites and put the lives of African Americans in jeopardy. Although he did not agree with their plan, he decided to support their journey, Journey of Reconciliation, into the Deep South because he presumed that the Journey of Reconciliation would serve as good publicity. The Journey of Reconciliation was very dangerous. For example, Bayard Rustin and Andrew Johnson were guilty of wrecking the Jim Crow bus statue and were sentenced thirty days on a chain gang. Any form of protesting or acts of equality that was performed by the members came across as threats to the whites in the Deep South. They wanted no part of integration and declared that the CORE members stop protesting. Persistently enough, the journey moved forward and the members experienced segregation first hand during interstate travel. In the attempt to stop the segregation that…show more content… The Congress of Racial Equality hoped to help African Americans gain the ability to register and vote. This summer trip was known as Freedom Summer. African American Mississippians were living in poverty, indebted to white banks, were given no political positions in society, and were not welcomed to vote, those who dared to challenge the ways of how the society was run were tortured or killed. The SNCC and CORE leaders thought that if they were to gather a group of well-connected northern college students to Mississippi, the media would follow them around. For instance, while the media followed them around, the students would try and expose the dreadful conditions that were taking place in Mississippi and hoped the federal government would be attracted to them and enforce the civil rights laws that white arrogant officers failed to acknowledge and enforce. Also, the volunteers wanted to create a new political party, The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party hoped to become the new official Democratic Party organization in Mississippi. In order to become the new democratic voice of Mississippi and allow all blacks and whites to vote, they had to challenge the Democratic National Committee. Even though they failed to accomplish the task, they were