Civil Rights Leaders

By: Scott Summers

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Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was undoubtedly the leader of the civil rights movement. His non violent tactics caught on with many African Americans . They showed how even though blacks were doing nothing wrong, they were still be persecuted. One example of something MLK would endorse would be sit ins. Even though African Americans were just sitting peacefully in a restaurant, they were still tormented by whites. This showed a lot of unfairness towards blacks. Media attention would also contribute greatly to the successfulness of a peaceful protest.
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Malcolm X

Malcolm X was another very influential individual in the civil rights movement. He provided an alternative to King's peaceful demonstrations. Malcomm X swore hatred to all white people and believed in violent protests. He thought the only way to overcome racism was to stand up to the racist people. His views were popular with many young, rebellious men and women.
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Stokely Carmichael

Stokely Carmichael's thoughts were similar to Malcom X's beliefs. Carmichael's belief was in Black Power. He was not so much into integration but rather wanted blacks to have more political and economical power. Carmicheal's ideologies caught on with blacks that were tired of getting beaten by whites.

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