1. Why did singing help during the Civil Rights marches?
It kept up spirits. Protestors were together in this fight against injustice.
2. Why did many African Americans stage protests during the 1960s?
African Americans wanted to have the same civil liberties as those enjoyed by whites. In short, they called for an end to segregation. African Americans wanted to be allowed to attend the same public schools and churches as whites, and to be able to eat at the same restaurants as whites. There were many forms of discrimination present in the 1960s, and blacks wanted to see an end to all of these.
3. What were some of the ways in which African Americans protested for civil rights in the 1960s?
Protests took a myriad of forms. Some combated segregation on a political front, encouraging black voter turnout in elections. Others took a more confrontation approach, staging "sit-ins" (wherein protesters literally sat in places segregated as whites only). Others picketed (marching, often with signs, in front of businesses or establishments who supported racist policies).
4. Were the 1960s protests a success? Why or why not?
Answers will vary. Segregation has been eradicated as a means of acceptable public policy, thanks undoubtedly to those who fought in the Civil Rights Movement. Other forms of racism still linger, however, and may take a long time to fade. But we have come a long way from 1960, when two African-American college students took a seat at white's only diner counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, and ushered in an era of peaceful protest.