Struggle For Black Equality Analysis

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Kathy J. Smith American History Prof. Miller 8 August 2011 The Ongoing Struggle Prior to reading Harvard Sitkoff’s “Struggle for Black Equality”, I felt like I had a pretty good understanding of the civil rights movement. If asked, I could recount the various events and some of the key individuals that played a significant role in the struggle. After reading Sitkoff’s book and coming away with a mixed bag of feelings ranging from astonishment to shock to shame I can now say that I understand the more personal side of this epic ongoing struggle. By his own admission Sitkoff states that he set out to write “...a narrative, an interpretation of the civil rights movement…neither a comprehensive nor a scholarly account of the struggle.”(Sitkoff,…show more content…
He clearly lays out for the reader the events that occurred and the people involved. He does his best to describe the differences and similarities between the various organizations such as the SCLC, CORE, and SNCC. While also broaching the subject that these organizations often suffered by not working together. Sitkoff writes at length, rightfully so, on the pivotal role of Martin Luther King Jr. and the dream of living in a world without racism. Describing ways in which he motivated a nation to rise up peacefully and without violence when possible. Sitkoff then goes on to write about the leadership and followers of Malcolm X and Stokely Carimicheal. How their differing views on actions in protests stirred a nation to rebel and riot. Never once stating his own personal opinion or views as the author on the subject yet allowing the reader to form their own…show more content…
I know as a voting American citizen I can voice my opinion through support of these movements either through legislation or actively protesting any sort of oppression. I also know that hate can come from home. I choose to raise my children with the understanding that all men and women are created equally no matter race, gender or sexual orientation. By reading “The Struggle for Black Equality” I have developed a new appreciation for the people both black and white that stood up for what they believed in. The strength and courage they showed in never giving up even in the face of death is a testament to how strong their convictions were to just be granted the right to live the life they are entitled to. The stories written in this book will stay with me for a very long
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