Civil Divides Can Create a War Within a Movement Essay

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ENGL-0102-51 Michael J. Pettengell William H Brooks III July 19, 2012 “Civil Divides Can Create a War within a Movement” In the quest of creating a movement many wars must be fought, and yet only the visible wars are recognized, many unseen events are absent from our history of today. The result of these wars can become a foundation, leaving behind bloodshed or celebration. These wars can also become civil and be fought upon the frontlines of its foundation amongst its very own pioneers, leaving its true purpose invisible to an entire nation. Such was the struggle/war for equality that was shared between blacks and other minorities in the late 60’s; this indeed was a brutal pursuit towards true happiness. The pursuit of this constitutional right became the roots of a movement, a movement that would unite all races across the wide spectrum of humanity and unify anyone that believed in true equality for all. There is always a sign of movement going on when looking through the hourglass of life, and some of these movements may even seem irrelevant when gazing upon the fullness of the hourglass, but when that hourglass is nearly empty then we realize that every grain of sand in that hourglass is significant as a whole. I choose to look at the history of the Civil Rights movement through this very same hourglass, observing the different personalities that influenced the minds of many to become shakers and movers of that era. Some of these personalities were well known, like Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, but many of them remained rural identities within the Civil Rights Movement itself. Some common identities such as those mentioned earlier reflect the great divide that coexisted within the Civil Rights Movement, for even though these leaders / activist shared a common goal, they were extremely diverse in methods of thinking, education,

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