During the Civil Rights Era, many blacks were outright murdered by those who opposed the movement. Used to getting away with it because law enforcement in the South never prosecuted a white person for the death of a black person, it took years for the trial and conviction of a white man for the murder of a black man.
It is said that the advent of television helped the Civil Rights Movement. In the early 60s it was still relatively new, but as more people embraced the new medium and news and events could be broadcast across the nation, people around the country were suddenly drawn into the events unfolding in the South in a way that newspapers could never convey. Murders, lynchings, rioting, and more were broadcast into living rooms all over America. For the first time, people in California could see first hand what was happening in Alabama - and it wasn't a pretty sight.This Day in History: On this day in 1994, Byron de la Beckwith is found guilty of the 31-year-old murder of what civil rights leader?
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