Essay on Civil Rights Movements

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The history of the United States is one plagued by horrific human rights violations and abuse of African Americans. The civil rights movement was the pivotal time when this course was changed, and it took the actions of many courageous individuals to initiate and then implement these changes. Pacifists led the way with sit-ins, bus boycotts and rallies. Black Power- which encompassed both the nationalist and the pluralist movements- employed armed and defensive attention-grabbing tactics in order to show displays of power in a demand for respect. For a movement to be relevant it must have longevity and it must lead to change in political or social climate. A violent directive in the civil rights movement ultimately proved to discredit the …show more content…
He experimented with methods of nonviolence that King borrowed from. These methods were not just meant to be morally admirable- they were meant to be applicable in real world situations. King studied Gandhi’s approach and applied his beliefs to the struggle for equal rights in the United States. Application of this philosophy advocated strength (mental and often times physical- in order to endure) over violence. King hoped this approach would demand the attention of the American public and the world of the blatant violence being perpetrated on African Americans.2
An extremely influential factor in King and the movement’s success in a non-violent yet direct approach was the media. With media coverage new knowledge was born. Specifically after the voting rights act of 1965, blacks could watch broadcasted debates and interviewing of politicians and government officials in order to make educated decisions on key voting issues. Television stations were informing blacks, especially in the south, and giving them political ground on which to wage their war.3 Information that would previously have been withheld- if not for word of mouth- began to be highlighted in mainstream media broadcasts. The demand for race related news grew, and with it, so did memberships to pro- civil rights organizations nationwide. Reporters increasingly showed up to the scene of a protest not with pen and paper, but with a camera

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