Despite Booker T Washington’s early impact on the progression of civil rights, other leaders have also had considerable and profound effects, which have been felt in the long term, and thus can be seen to challenge his pole position in the development of African American Civil Rights in the period from 1865 to 1992. Booker T Washington indeed was a significantly important leader in the period following Reconstruction in the late 1800s and at the turn of the century, exerting both short term and long term effects on the development of African American civil rights, however his protest focus and style was very much a product of the segregated South in that period, and did not have widespread appeal, and he arguably lacked eloquent leadership and oratorical skills compared to Martin Luther King or Malcolm X. Nonetheless, Booker T Washington’s long term significance potentially outweighs that of Garvey, Du Bois and Jackson, yet in people’s minds he does not seem to have left as much of a legacy as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. Booker T Washington was certainly an inspirational leader, with one of his particular strengths being his ability to magnetise white and government support, including the financial backing of white philanthropic entrepreneurs, like Carnegie, and a relationship with President Roosevelt, which positioned him well to go on to shape developments for black civil rights. However, not everyone appreciated Washington’s white links, with many feeling that he was wrong in prioritising strengthening the black community over working to abolish Jim Crow and southern segregation.
Malcolm X has been considered one of the most influential leaders in African American history. He was one of the most active advocates for black rights and rejected the mainstream ideas of civil rights leader such as Martin Luther King Jr. (Rollyson “Malcolm X”). Through speeches such as Message to Grassroots, Malcolm X uses the “house negro” and the “field negro” as a metaphor for the difference between the movement towards integration advocated by Martin Luther King and the Nation if Islam’s movement towards separation. He calls for unified opposition to stand up and fight against the white man. Malcolm X conveys in this speech the anger and fear that lived in the hearts of most African American at the time.
4 These circumstances demonstrated the power the black communities had during the war knowing the nation could not afford to put production on hold. Many black civil rights organizations were formed including NAACP and the FEPC. These organizations took advantage of this need for black workers as well as protests against the government knowing FDR could not afford to sacrifice the image of equality and freedom throughout the nation and became an intricate part in advancements for African-American civil rights. These threatening protests were known as, “the March on Washington”. These movements became very successful in implementing more civil rights for
Zack Ketchum Professor Rodgers Essay #2 27 November 2013 “Upbringing as a factor of King and Malcom X’s Political Ideologies” Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X are two of the most well-known American civil rights activists of the 1960’s. Though different, their methods of protest were very important, as both men fought for the end of second-class-citizen treatment of African Americans. Often times, their methods are considered opposites - while King frequently endorsed peaceful methods such as harmless protests and speeches, Malcolm X employed violence in order to demonstrate his discontent and desire for change of the status quo. The issue that arises when one looks to compare the two men and their methods, then, is who was better?
Malcolm x, one of the leaders of the nation of Islam, his ideas were opposed to those of martin Luther king and as African Americans lost faith in peaceful protests it led to the rise of black power. Many people were dissatisfied with Martin Luther King’s tactics therefore in the 1960s different black power movements rose such as the Nation of Islam and the Black Panthers. The black power movement came to an end in the 1970s despite achieving not as much for the black people in the north; it did however build their confidence and self-esteem. Elijah Muhammad, the leader of the Nation of Islam, believed in a strong moral code, self-discipline. He encouraged black men to find dignity in hard work and to disapprove the illegal world of gambling, drinking, prostitution and drugs.
Challenge the authority While accepting the knowledge of authority, it is sometimes essential to question the ideas and decisions of those people in the positions of authority. We can see through Martin Luther King's actions that challenge the racism in the civil rights movement. In addition, through Galileo Galilei's doubt on the theory that most people used to believe. By protesting the authority and promoting the ideas of nonviolence and equal treatment for different races, Martin Luther King has received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Marin Luther King, a political activist, is the the most famous leader of the American civil rights movement.
Sacrifice played a big role in changing the status quo during the 1950s and ‘60s. A few courageous individuals stepped up; inspiring others and putting forth their effort for the freedom of blacks, ultimately, legal segregation was ending. Without courageous people, like Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and, the public would have not been inspired to stand up for itself. Martin Luther King had a vision of a society in which race was not an issue in how people were treated or in how they were allowed to live their lives. While nothing is perfect or complete in the battle for civil rights, the efforts of King and those like him have, in fact, changed the country and the world, for the better, in non-violent ways.
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
Throughout history, many social protests have caused an uprising and agitation in an otherwise overlooked flaw or exaggerated prejudice against a certain situation. The main influences include that of Dr. Martin Luther King’s non-violent protests, and their efforts for an equal America, the anti-war movements of the 1960s or even the recent social protests against Prop 8 and gay rights. All three have in common a genuine effort to change a situation that the appointed leaders of our country fail to deem as an extremely poor direction for our country. Without the efforts of such leaders as Martin Luther King or the Anti-war movement including Benjamin Spock, the SANE committee and SPU organization, change would have not come as soon as it would
This injustice on African Americans led to a time of social unrest. In the 1950's and 1960's, blacks rose up to fight against the social systems and public authorities that had taken these rights away.”(Civil rights Movement) One of the most beneficial men of this movement was Martin Luther King Jr. “Dr. King is widely regarded as America’s pre-eminent advocate of nonviolence and one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history. Drawing