Screening the Civil Rights Movement: representations of Rosa Parks, Emmett Till and Medgar Evers within selected films and their modern day relevance

Amart, Eliane (2014) Screening the Civil Rights Movement: representations of Rosa Parks, Emmett Till and Medgar Evers within selected films and their modern day relevance. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Every year at least one or two films released are about African Americans and the Civil Rights Movement. These films are often about important men and women who were involved in achieving racial equality for African Americans during the 1950s and 60s. This study focuses on Rosa Parks who on December 1st 1955 refused to give up her seat in the coloured section of the bus for a white passenger. Her defiance sparked The Montgomery Bus Boycott and became an important symbol of the Civil Rights Movement. Just a few months prior to Parks’ arrest, Emmett Till a 14 year old boy was brutally murdered in Mississippi by two white men for whistling at a white woman. At his funeral his mother opted for an open casket just so the country could see what the men had done to her son. In June 1963, a Civil Rights activist named Medgar Evers who had been involved in the Emmett Till case was killed outside of his home. His death outraged many yet also encouraged people to continue his work and fight for racial equality. By analysing the following films, The Rosa Parks Story (Dash, 2002), Long Walk Home (Pearce), The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till (Beauchamp, 2005) and Ghosts of Mississippi (Reiner, 1996) this study questions whether they are honest depictions. This study also looks at the importance of these three individuals in society today to see just how much things have changed. Even though these films about the Civil Rights movement are released, this piece questions whether or not they will continue to hold importance in the future.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2016 11:52
    Last Modified: 17 Oct 2016 11:52
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22313

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