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DISCUSSION 3/27/08 Film: Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Movement I. Readings II. Eyes on the Prize III. Emmett Till Robinson’s The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It -writing against the common telling of the Civil rights movement that is taught in many history classes -some people (i.e., MLK, Rosa Parks) are usually taught or highlighted --- promotes these individual stories and their resistance -fits within the overarching narrative of American progress and the inherent democratic nature of the nation -these people are “true Americans” who stood up for their beliefs, throwback to Jeffersonian ideals (Declaration of Independence) -this memoir repudiates this, the boycott wasn’t just one woman not giving up her seat -contextualizes the boycott around a plethora of people (students, workers, churches, social organizations, etc. etc.) -argues against notion that extraordinary people like Rosa Parks are particularly brave (they didn’t spontaneously decide to take these stands, everything was strategized toward a progression and decisions were made) -there was a certain cohesiveness about the resistance and it shouldn’t be taken for granted -there was some resistance to the boycott (what’s personally in it for them to participate? There are lots of risks for me to join the movement and fight for people I’ve never met)
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course AMCULT 201 taught by Professor Kristenhas during the Spring '08 term at University of Michigan.

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