The Civil Rights Movement began in the mid 1950’s and over the course of it the mindset of the people had changed. In the beginning the movement lead by MLK was positive, non-violent, and about togetherness of the two races but then it took a turn for a more violent and black nationalism movement when Malcolm X took fire. Although both movements were for the people they were extremely different in obtaining them. MLK appealed and had the support there of the southern blacks, the federal governments, and whites because of the peaceful roots in his actions. Along with non-violence Dr. King adopted the method of civil disobedience.
To Fight or Not to Fight, That is the Question “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” it is the anthem of all African Americans yearning for the same rights as white citizens. Martin Luther King Jr., a civil rights activist wrote those powerful words as he sat he jail, imprisoned for participating in a nonviolent demonstration against segregation. There were numerous people fighting for equality however, they had differing ideas on how to best approach the problem. King, asserted his belief of peacefully protesting. Being a minister, he did not condone violence and felt the African American dream of equality was achievable through nonviolent efforts.
On August 28, 1963, at the March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a speech entitled "I Have a Dream". The purpose of Martin Luther King 's speech was to make Americans of all racial backgrounds aware of the racial, civil, and economic inequality that was taking place in the United States. Martin Luther King 's speech was intended to bring awareness of the problem of inequality and to give Americans hope and faith that one day everyone, black and white, would be equal. King states in his speech that when Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, it gave hope to millions that had experienced injustice and inequality, and his expectation was to bring hope to Americans by delivering this speech just as Lincoln
He wants his own nation and in order to achieve this he doesn 't want revolution. Yet, Malcolm 's view point slightly shifted as he encouraged his audience to take pride in their African heritage and to consider armed self-defense rather than relying solely on non-violence. In 1964 he spoke about his beliefs in equal treatment, he doesn 't believe in the brotherhood with a white man, someone who treats him with discourtesy (D11: Malcolm X). Malcolm 's influenced many African Americans and with that shaped change within the government through awareness being raised. His words led to new legislation, something that resulted from the shift as a whole.
in his speech,“I Have a Dream” claims that America hasn’t fulfilled their promise that guaranteed everyone “Unalienable rights.”He supports his claim by first comparing African americans equality to a “bad check” that says “insufficient funds.” Then he encourages the people to end the racial injustice of the country and make justice a reality.Finally, he insists that America will not be calm and tranquil until everyone are granted the same rights. King’s purpose is to inform his audience of the inequalities and injustice of America in order to then bring about hope that it won’t always be that way and that together everyone can form a “beautiful symphony of brotherhood”. He establishes a hopeful and motivational tone to his audience by stating his dream of everyone of every color,religion, and origin to be free from discrimination and
Which is very visible in his speech announcing, “Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice.” This reaches to the audience by the way that he implies that the African American people have to allow the race as a whole to find that light despite this pain the they had to withhold. In this next quote, he says, “ We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality.” Many of these people has lost family members, friends, co workers due to police brutality and with Martin Luther King Jr speaking upon this topic to make the crowd feel that emotion and he’s appealing to. Martin Luther King Jr successfully appealed to this audience by using metaphors, logos and pathos. This is very famous speech and a big part of history that this speech will still
That’s why we have a Martin Luther King Jr. day and not a Malcolm X day. People should strive to be more like MLK, only then will we be on track for world peace. Martin Luther King Jr. and his followers succeeded in showing America how to truly stand for freedom, how to truly achieve peace, how to truly be an “American”. Other Blacks like Malcolm X failed to do this, and he is a great example of what not to do. The only thing MLK failed at is living long enough to get his message of equality through everyone’s thick skull who still doesn’t get it.
Do you like reading about activist in the world? Do you think that segregation is a good thing? If you like segregation, would you like to go back in time to when segregation was going? Martin Luther King Jr. wouldn’t like that because that was what he fought against, so that white people could live in peace with colored people. Martin Luther King Jr. was a civil rights activist, a pastor, and an author of a few books he wrote.
As stated in one of his speeches, “There comes a time when people get tired of being trampled over by the iron feet of oppression,” revealing the evolving mindset of the black community that they have the right to equality. However, they faced difficulty in attaining this goal of equality due to retaliation and violence. This resistance to desegregation was instrumental in revealing racial tensions and the irrational ideology of white supremacists. After analyzing how the Montgomery bus boycott has had significant political and cultural effects on American history, it is safe to conclude that this event should be included within the new textbook. The political and cultural changes that arose from this event acted as a catalyst for the civil rights movement and resulted in national and international attention to the civil rights struggles going on in the United States during this
Public and private acts of violence towards “coloreds” was not only the norm but justified. Langston Hughes addresses these issues in many of his works through the time period. Hughes’s poem, “Let America be America again” speaks volumes to the African American experience socially, economically and culturally; and his hope for America to transform. Langston Hughes writes, “O, let my land be a land where Liberty, is crowned with no false patriotic wreath, but opportunity is real, and life is free, equality is in the air we breathe (Hughes).” Throughout this piece of literature, Hughes’ continually confesses his desire for America to be as promised. In just two simple but profound lines he manages to capture the African American experience in to a tee; he writes “There’s never been equality for me, nor freedom in this "homeland of the free (Hughes).”The civil rights movement, also known as the “black power era;” was a success legislatively, but not so much socially.
Malcolm X was preaching violence in that speech. He wanted African Americans to stand up and ensure that their vote mattered because the Democratic Party did not show support in return for their vote as a result of injustices and discriminatory practices that African Americans dealt with every single day. That speech, he delivered was about voting and Black America working together: that Black American need to force the hand of the Democratic Party immediately because there was an election down the road. Of course, Malcolm X was “fed up with white supremacy,” like many Americans were in the 60s. What he did not endorse, that Africans American should take up arms and rebel.
He strategically used biblical and historical references to expose the reality that segregation, injustice, and racism still strongly existed in Birmingham. Though it was an open letter to all Americans, his intended audience was the eight white clergymen. He presented them with concise reasoning for why they too should take action, or face the dilemma of being immorally incorrect in their beliefs. King pointed out how they were uneducated in the civil rights issues which put them at risk for losing their credibility as ministers. At the same time King appealed to his broader audience of fellow black Americans to continue to stand together in unity because
At the National Archives is located the draft card of Martin Luther King Jr., a Civil Rights Activist, who fought for the rights, freedom, and equality of everyone. Dr. King grew up during an era in history when racism and discrimination was the norm in America, so as an adult he dedicated his life to peacefully fighting injustice and inequality. He led marches, directed sit-ins, and participated multiple boycotts along with many other activists. Additionally, all of these actions where done to get the attention of the American government, American society, and the world. Dr. King wanted everyone to know that the way African Americans and other minorities were being treated was wrong and that these unjust norms needed to be removed or altered from our society.
Rev King said “I agreed at once that some sort of protest was necessary, and that the boycott method would be an effective one”2 At the same time that Martin Luther King was preaching non-violence as a way to achieve equality, other prominent African-Americans were preaching that African-Americans should fight injustice with any means necessary, including violence. One of the most prominent African-American on this side of the question was Malcolm Little (Malcolm X). Malcolm X, like Martin Luther King, was a pastor. He, however, looked at society and the ways to fix it in a completely different way. Martin Luther King once said of Malcolm X “I feel that he has done himself and our people a great disservice”3.
Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X both strived to influence equality amongst the Black and white society. These Civil rights leaders fought for what they stood for in many different ways. Such as, King influenced the movement through non-violence, whereas Malcolm X wanted to react with a violent approach. These two Civil rights leader’s differences were influenced by their experiences and contrasting backgrounds. Martin was raised surrounded by a middle class family and was provided with quality education, where he later grew up to be an Baptist minister which influenced his Christian belief in using nonviolent civil disobedience in his movement.