The Black Power Movement Essay

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The Black Power Movement was an imperative in American history. It refers to a period during the 1960s when African-Americans, or blacks, changed their views about the manner by which they should achieve economic power, political power, and civil rights. The movement evolved during a time when blacks were said to be equal citizens of the United States of America, although the realities of life readily proved otherwise.
Why did the Black Power Movement come into existence?
The Black Power Movement grew out of black dissatisfaction with the Civil Rights Movement in the second half of the 1960s. The Civil Rights Movement was a movement that emerged in 1890 after the system of Jim Crow which included exclusion and degradation of the
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What influence did Malcolm X have on the BPM development?
Malcolm X (Malcolm Little) was born in 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. He moved to Harlem, at the age of 18 and got involved in criminal activities. He was arrested in 1946 for 8-10 years for theft. In prison he read a lot and was introduced to the Nation of Islam which was led by Elijah Muhammad. When he was released on parole in 1952 he became a Nation of Islam minister. He was very charismatic and had a gift of recruiting new members.
“The Nation of Islam believed black people were superior to whites and that whites were indeed devils”. They believed black people should have their own state in America until they could return to Africa and that they should use ‘whatever means necessary ‘ to fight against white people to reach freedom and equality.
Influence from the Nation of Islam shaped Malcolm X’s and his political career for the years to come. In his speeches he spoke of Black Nationalism and a black revolution incriminating Martin Luther King Jr. for having a “peaceful revolution” and the infectivity of such. Although in his autobiography he says “The goal has always been the same, with the approaches to it as different as mine and Dr. Martin Luther King's non-violent marching, that dramatizes the brutality and the evil of the white…

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