Lee wrote was a letter to his wife about slavery in 1856. In this letter Lee talks about how “The blacks are immeasurable better off here than in Africa, morally, socially and physically.” By saying this Lee shows his willingness to accept the African American society into the southern white society. Lee isn’t necessary an anti-slavery activist but he isn’t a pro-slavery supporter either. Robert E. Lee once stated that he saw slavery as necessary but not proper. Lee concluded that slavery would help both white and black races grow equally.
A pioneer of the civil rights movement, Du Bois dedicated his life to ending colonialism, exploitation, and racism worldwide. Experiencing many changes in the nation's political history, he served as a voice for generations of African Americans seeking social justice. Du Bois was determined in fighting the racial inequalities even if they were accepting by some black people, Booker T. Washington’s followers. Du Bois joined the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) as the Director of Publicity and Research. Bois pronounced that its aim was to set out "those facts and arguments which show the danger of race prejudice, particularly as manifested today toward colored people."
In the end they won, and slowly but surely the African American’s trust in their country built. In the 19th century, segregation disabled African Americans from receiving recognition as citizens of the USA. During Green’s speech the unifying diction he uses, encourages his “brethren” to try to forget the past segregation, and too put hope into the future rebirth of this great nation. By
Washington favors the humble, ask nicely, appreciate what you’re given, and say thank you approach to obtaining social equality. Washington addresses the issue with caution, in doing so he not only comes across as an advocate of Blacks gaining “all privileges of the law”(Up from Slavery, 457), but also of Blacks being prepared “for the exercises of these privileges.”(457) By taking this approach Washington is gaining the appeal within the black community as well as the white community. In contrast to this effective stance, Du Bois asks constantly with a loud and firm voice. Du Bois even goes as far as to say that if the Black community wants social equality they must simply complain. “Ceaseless agitation”( The Souls of Black Folk 563 ) he feels will do more in the fight for equality than “voluntarily throwing away”(563) the reasonable rights they are entitled to.
Instead of preaching that one day the blacks would have equality and preaching wrong, Booker T. Washington preached to them that being equal is not what it is all about. He did this so the blacks would not lose faith and eventually give their hopes up on being equal. They ended up focusing on themselves and their brothers and dealt with the system. They accepted themselves as blacks into this nation. In today's day and age for example, there are people who are still racist, people who don't accept blacks because of their color and culture, but today blacks understand that and accept it.
Martin Luther King, Jr. During the 1950s and 1960s MLK became the prime leader in the Civil Rights Movement to end racial segregation and discrimination in America. He was a leading spokesperson for nonviolent methods of achieving social change. MLK’s determination and personal charisma combined established equality among all races despite personal risk won him a world-wide following. His success and drive for civil rights made him the target of segregationists, who believed in the superiority of the white race and feared social change. Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested over 20 times and his home was bombed.
Segregated from the rest of society and suffering emotionally, physically and economically the black community was looking for a leader and found one in Martin Luther King. A minister from Atlanta, King believed in the power peaceful protest, and began to lead public protests and boycotts. As the movement gained momentum King was able to raise public consciousness of the inequalities being suffered. Martin Luther King famously led the March on Washington, campaigning for equal rights and employment; here he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Eventually securing equal rights for all Americans Martin Luther King became and still represents the greatest human rights icon in
Stephen Lewis History 311 Professor Sjovold Tues.-Thurs. 7:30am Booker T. Washington Booker T. Washington would have responded to John Hope’s paper, A Critique of the Atlanta Compromise, with what he felt were reasonable, rational, and logical ideals to help blacks of the post-slavery era find a path to equality without the risks associated with demanding everything they truly deserved. In The Atlanta Compromise Mr. Washington did not think it was necessary to harbor hatred and anger against the whites that had mistreated so many black individuals. He found it more appropriate to forgive them for their atrocities and move forward rather than look back. In his speech at the Cotton State Exposition he made it very clear that he wanted
Martin Luther King Jr’s writings, teachings and speech’s are timeless; they left people rethinking their attitudes towards African Americans and racism. He spoke of a compelling brotherhood and sisterhood of all American citizens, and how he one day wished that all brothers and sisters, white or black could unite as one and form a unity. Martin Luther King made it known to the nation and the world that civil rights and justice should be upheld for not only white citizens but black citizens too. He was one of the most influential people of the 20th century and since 1983 America has named a holiday after him, to look back and
Without these men’s ideas of non-violence retaliation the black race would not have been seen as the victim, instead the problem. With that racism would have been prolonged for much longer. Thanks to two men America is a better home for all