It has been said that without the media, there would have been no Civil Rights Movement. This course will explore that theory and examine the powerful role the media played in shaping the events of the Civil Rights Movement. Media coverage -- both black and mainstream -- of key civil rights cases, such as the murder of Emmett Louis Till, will be analyzed, as well as the Southern journalists who defended blacks in the 1950s and 1960s. The course will also cover the assassination of Medgar Evers in 1963, the Freedom Rides of 1961, and the often untold story of how women and children helped shape the movement. This course will NOT be about Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks; though they are seen as icons of the Civil Rights Movement, the movement was much more than these two people.
- Credits: 3
- Offered every other fall