5/17/12 Through out American history the basic rights we take for granted today were not available to everyone in America. As time progressed more groups of people gained equal rights such as women and eventually Blacks. Without support from Presidents, The Supreme Court and Organizations of Private citizens, many Americans would not have the basic liberties we enjoy today. Organizations of private citizens helped fuel the push to create and equal America. The most influential of all citizens wanting to create equality was Martin Luther King Jr. Martin preached to protest and boycott peacefully.
Malcolm X demonstrated the anger and the struggle, of the African Americans in the 1960s. During his lifetime he influenced many African Americans to stand up for their rights against the injustices set by the American government. Malcolm was criticized for his extremist views and actions while on the other hand he has been praised for his efforts in raising the status for African Americans. The views of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X often collided because of their different methods of fighting for equality. Most of Malcolm X’s views collided with the views of Martin Luther King Jr. King’s philosophy was “turn the other cheek,” meaning violence will not elevate you and bring you closer to your goals.
Another propaganda the US Government used was the idea they were fighting for freedom and human rights, yet the black soldiers fighting were not completely free and were having their own human rights abused back in America. As well as the fact the fact that despite the US welcomed the extra soldiers but still treated them unequally sparked something amongst the black community. And so began the Double V Campaign. It stood for Victory Abroad, Victory at Home. It meant they wanted Victory against Nazi Germany and the Axis, and Victory for Civil Rights.
How far do you agree that the impact of WW2 was the reason why the position of black Americans improved 1945-55? WW2 changed the civil rights for black Americans extremely quickly with many black Americans fighting in the war. This lead too many people actually respecting black Americans and helped them gain rights. With 1.2 million black Americans fighting for America against the fascists of Germany they realised that even though they were fighting for equality they didn’t even have this in their own country. This therefore questioned the double V campaign as it was supposed to be a victory at home as well as at war but without equality then this would not be possible.
“I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.” –Martin Luther King, Jr. The Civil Rights Movement has been a long, non-violent struggle to bring civil right and equality laws to the United States and all citizens. Especially in the South, the fight was to end discrimination towards African Americans and to end segregation from 1945 to 1970. The same goals, tactics, and focus the civil rights movement had on ending the discrimination of ethnic groups was also applied to other struggles such as women’s liberation, gay liberation, and also disabled rights movement. Because of the Civil Rights Movement’s goals and tactics it left a lasting impact on the United States.
Gina Gallagher 9th Grade Ms. Lu H. Frank Carey In the 50’s and 60’s in The United States, African Americans began fighting for the rights they deserved. This fight for rights became known as the Civil Rights Movement. An important leader for African Americans at this time was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. greatly impacted civil rights in the United States. His powerful words led to decreased racial segregation, rights for all African Americans and helped create the culturally diverse society we have today. Martin Luther King Jr. used powerful words, instead of violence in order to obtain rights for African Americans.
The achievements of other race leaders, specifically Stokely Carmichael, took more subtle, less tangible forms. Carmichael led the Black Power Movement which captured the zeitgeist and became an outlet and form of expression for the fury felt by the young, Black community. The premise of the BPM encouraged a positive image of Black people, leading to an improvement in Black self-esteem and Carmichael appeared as an embodiment of a community’s raising self-confidence and helped to develop that, as a result, many young black people felt empowered to claim the same rights as white people in a form that had not been possessed by the previous generations who had supported King, this alternative to King’s methods can been seen as hugely significant in the process of change regarding equality as it provided a spirit to Black nationalism, a prominent stigma accompanying it within the slogan ‘Black Power’. Nevertheless, Black Power, Carmichael’s legacy, became demonised by the press, with The New York Times claiming “Nobody knows what the phrase ‘Black Power’ really means”. This contributes to a number of problems
With the “black power” slogan appealing to blacks across the country and symbols for black power were showing themselves more each day (the raised fist above the head) the strength of the movement was growing. Even though whites were afraid of Carmichael, he felt as if people did not understand his views, so he helped write a book explaining them titled Black Power: The Politics of Liberation in America. As its chairman, Carmichael continued to help support and organize the group, helping it to grow nationwide, but as the Civil Rights Movement
Without the push and leadership displayed from these leaders who dedicated their lives to ending the horrors of slavery, segregation and unfair treatment the United States of America would not be living a fair life of equality and privilege. These 3 civil rights leaders and activists changed the way black Americans were treated and gained respect and acknowledgement of their lifetime of struggle with the white society. The civil rights movement of 1964 changed the laws regarding black Americans but of course it is impossible to change everybody’s state of mind on the issue. So as of today the coloured people still are fighting for acceptance from some people and are still waiting for the day when they can have total acceptance, as Rosa Parks quotes “I do the very best I can to look upon life with optimism and hope and looking forward to a better day, but I don't think there is any such thing as complete happiness. I think when you say you're happy, you have everything you need and everything you want, and nothing more to wish for.
Martin Luther King JR. Martin Luther King Jr. was a leader of the American Civil Rights movement. During the 1950’s and 1960’s, this movement helped African Americans gain the same rights as whites. During Martin’s lifetime, African Americans and whites were segregated. Laws also separated all blacks and whites in public places like theaters and restaurants .The laws also made it hard for blacks to vote and to get a good education. It also limited job opportunities for blacks.