Walden University Week 3 Civil Rights Movement Memoir Paper

Walden University Week 3 Civil Rights Movement Memoir Paper

Walden University Week 3 Civil Rights Movement Memoir Paper

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.



Danver, S. L. (Ed.). (2011). Revolts, protests, demonstrations, and rebellions in American history: An encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, LLC.
Revolts, Protests, Demonstrations, and Rebellions in American History: An Encyclopedia, by Danver, S. Copyright 2010 by ABC-CLIO INC. Reprinted by permission of ABC-CLIO INC. via the Copyright Clearance Center.

”Civil Rights Movement (1953–1968)” (pp. 891–901)

”Antiwar Movement (1960s–1970s)” (pp. 925–935)

”Feminist Movement (1970s–1980s)” (pp. 1043–1051)

”Trail of Broken Treaties (1972)” (pp. 1067–1074)


Meili, D. (2012). Militant AIM activist led Wounded Knee uprising. Windspeaker, 30(9), 28.

This reflective piece offers a look at the life, challenges, controversies, and accomplishments of American Indian activist Russell Means.

Handman, G. (2006). Martin Luther King: Why I am opposed to the war in Vietnam, April 30, 1967, Riverside Church, New York [Transcript]. Retrieved from http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/pacificaviet/river…
In a passionate sermon from 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King addresses his opposition to the Vietnam War, noting, “There comes a time when silence becomes betrayal.”

Rosen, R. J. (2014). A glimpse into 1970s gay activism. The Atlantic. Retrieved from http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/0…
This overview of gay activism in the 1970s is as revealing about inequalities that routinely existed for gays in the United States as it is about the changes that began to emerge.


C-SPAN (Producer). (2015, April 10). American History TV: Martin Luther: Meet the Press [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4533943/martin-luthe…
Three days after the Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, march for voting rights concluded, NBC’s long-running Sunday talk show interviewed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King appeared remotely from San Francisco; the journalists who asked questions were in Washington, D.C.

C-SPAN (Producer). (2011, May 22). American History TV: Freedom Riders 50th anniversary reunion [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.c-span.org/video/?299618-1/freedom-ride…
This documentary recounts the story behind a courageous band of civil rights activists called the Freedom Riders who in 1961 creatively challenged segregation in the American South.

C-SPAN (Producer). (2014, April 5). Book TV: The crusades of Cesar Chavez [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.c-span.org/video/?318806-3/book-discuss…
Miriam Pawel discusses her book, The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography, in which she chronicles the life and activism of United Farm Workers co-founder and president Cesar Chavez.

C-SPAN (Producer). (2007, July 24). American History TV: Senator John Kerry oral history interview [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.c-span.org/video/?303483-1/senator-john…
In this interview, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) talks about being a veteran who was a vocal opponent to the war in Vietnam during the Nixon years and his reaction to finding out that administration officials were tracking his activities.

Assignment: A Memoir of Social Change

Imagine that you are a 75-year-old resident of Chicago. The year is 1975, and you are recalling the major social events and developments that have unfolded on radio, television, other media outlets, and in the streets over the past 15 years. Some of these events took place in your own community, but their impact was felt across the nation. You are in a reflective mood and want to share the history that you remember with a younger generation.

In preparation:

Choose one of the following as the subject of your memoir:

  • The civil rights movement (1960–1975)
  • The anti-war movement (Vietnam War period)
  • The women’s rights movement (1960–1975)

The Assignment

Compose a 2-page memoir entry in which you reflect on the social change movement you selected and its impact on society. Infuse your memoir with the honest passion and insight of one who was a witness to history as well as (if relevant) a beneficiary of change or impacted by it in some way. Did the movement you selected influence your life and/or community? How? How did your prior life experiences influence your attitude toward this movement?

Support your assertions by making several references to your course readings.