Civil Rights: Theater of 1950s

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."People's 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.America's 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
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 fr…