Compare And Contrast The Civil Rights Movement And The Black Power Movement

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Going back to the history of the United States, there have been many social and political changes that have taken place. The Civil Rights struggle of the 1960s was one of the most significant and pivotal periods for achieving equality of all African Americans since the abolition of slavery in 1863 – the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. There was an ongoing conflict between the races of people who lived in the United States, predominantly black versus white. Black people were seen as inferior to that of white people and rights were violated on a continuous basis, purely because of the colour of that person’s skin. The Civil Rights ongoing struggle led to two distinct groups of black activists. One group was rather violent and radical, the Black Power movement led by Malcolm X who believed blacks should be self-reliant i.e Black Power. However the other group believed in non-violent peaceful protest, The Civil Rights Movement led by Martin Luther King who believed in stripped power – black and white coming together in a democracy. To a large extent, both these woman’s roles were just as significant as that of their husbands in achieving change with making reference to the events, successes, achievements and failures of both the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Power movement during the 1960’s. However, it could also be said that both these woman were merely just seen as Martin Luther
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Working hand in hand with her husband throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Martin Luther King took participated in the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 and worked to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Coretta Scott King too worked towards achieving these milestones for African Americans. She was a strong, independent woman who strived her whole life for achieving equality for herself and her

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