Malcolm X Essay

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Year 12 Modern History Individual History Essay

"To what extent did Malcolm X play a positive role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and the 1960s in America?"

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To a limited extent Malcolm X played a positive role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s in America. Malcolm X was an African-American Muslim minister, leader and human rights activist. During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s Malcolm X became one of the most prominent advocates for the rights of African Americans. As a proponent of self-defense, he was able to strengthen the notion of equality and inspire African Americans to vigorously resist racism. Furthermore, his advocacy of Black Nationalism successfully
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Through these opportunities, he was able to spread the idea of Black Nationalism to a larger audience and scope of African American society. Disillusioned black Americans were drawn to the beneficial change this movement would create in society. Thus to a large extent, through his promotion of black nationalism, Malcolm X played a positive role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s in the United States.

Malcolm X's legacy positively encouraged the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s in the United States. Following his death, Malcolm X's determination to expose the illusion of U.S. democracy, his commitment to the revolutionary transformation of society and uncompromising opposition to racism, "blazed a trail for Black revolutionary organizations such as the Black Panther Party." These organisations pursued an intense anti-racism message and worked for the self-defense of Black Americans. One of these, the Black Panther Party, achieved both national and international impact through their provocative rhetoric and deep involvement in the Civil Rights Movement that enabled their message to extend over a much broader scope. Furthermore, Malcolm X's teachings formed the foundations on which the Black Power and Black Arts Movement were built. The Black Power movement in particular is "considered one of the most significant social, political and cultural currents in US history" that

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