The Civil Rights Movement: Revolutionized Race Relations In The US

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The Civil Rights Movement not only revolutionized race relations in the U.S., but also setup a working model that still inspires political movements, and leaders worldwide. It hasn’t been the first or last attempt to eliminate racial discrimination in this country, which still persists in some form or another to this day. Racial discrimination, segregation and inequality have always been an area of constant debate in American history, heavily leaning towards suppression of the disenfranchised. However , it indeed led to a dramatic up shift in the legal and social legitimacy of discrimination and has shown civil disobedience/nonviolent protest is not only moral, but highly effective.

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The United States and Buchanan v. Warley. The most celebrated NAACP backed case Brown v. Board of Education (of Topeka, Kansas), which deemed school segregation unconstitutional and almost diminished ‘Jim Crowism’. Such victories were major breakthroughs that laid the foundation for the next course movement’s history. While the NAACP focused on the courtroom and lobbying strategies , a new generation of leaders provided an alternative means of influence and protest. They identified providers of public services such as diners and bussing lines, then organized nonviolent acts mainly boycotts, rallies and other acts of civil disobedience. The logic for these acts were clear, these businesses were dependent on the black communities dollar, and politicians for their votes, they organized themselves as local level pressure groups. This gave ground to a new leader twenty-six year old minister Martin Luther King JR who advocated nonviolence as a rightful tool. Martin Luther King, noted activist/reverend, states, “Today the choice is no longer between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence.” Dr. Kings philosophy of nonviolence gave birth to (SNCC) Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which acknowledged the need for confrontation and increased militancy after being beaten, spat on, and thrown in

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