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The 1950s was the time that Civil Rights issues were coming to a head African Americans were making bold steps forward becoming heard and becoming seen Unfortunately many Whites resisted these steps forward refused to hear and recognize these invisible men Peoples ignorance closed the doors of opportunity to many well-qualified and deserving Black people Even though many laws were passed the South was predominantly and publicly against integration and the North was secretly racist and openly opposed More than laws had to change in American society Americas eyes were soon wide open to the injustices that happened everyday all over the country The social upheaval of the 1950s took place not only on the streets the court-rooms and in the home but in the theater as well While Civil Rights were finally coming in to the public eye through the new television media play-writes pushed the issue further putting racial stereotypes and discrimination in the forefront of their plays The inspiration for plays such as Member of the Wedding Trouble in Mind A Medal for Willie and Raisin in the Sun came from the everyday living conditions that America had been turning a blind eye to The public was desegregated through Supreme Court rulings starting with Brown vs The Board of Education Brown vs The Board of Education decision said that segregated schools were unconstitutional This decision was practically impossible to enforce on the Southern States that held that the decision to segregate or to DEsegregate for that matter was completely up to the State The most severe show of resistance was in Little Rock Arkansas where Governor Orval Faubus was openly against nine high achieving Black students entering all-white Little Rock Central High School The resistance was so that Governor Faubus announced that the students would have neither protection from the mobs of White segregationists nor would they have support from the State On the students second attempt to enter the High
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