Civil Rights Movement

Powerful Civil Rights Leaders

Medgar Evers

Medgar Evers fought against discrimination by joining the NAACP. He helped by fighting cases for African Americans who were unfairly treated or convicted. His biggest case was the Brown v Board of Education. Later in 1954 he became the field secretary for the NAACP in Mississippi. While he was there he extensively recruited for the NAACP and protested against businesses that practiced discrimination

Ralph Abernathy

In 1948 Ralph Abernathy became an ordained minister. Later in 1954 when Martin Luther became a minister Ralph mentored him and became great friends and leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. In 1955 they founded the Montgomery improvement Association and organized a year long bus boycott after Rosa Parks was arrested for not giving up her seat to a white man. As a result of his involvement his home and church were damaged by a bomb blast. The violence did not deter Abernathy .

Stokely Carmichael

Stokely Carmichael was a civil-rights activist who originated the black nationalist slogan "black power." He first joined CORE after watching a sit in on the news. In 1966 he was elected National Chairman of SNCC. By that time he started to question the effectiveness of non-violence. As Chairman he became radical and made it clear that whites were no longer welcome in the SNCC. When he started using the phrase "black power" it caught on as a slogan to youthful and more radical African Americans.
I believe that Stokely Carmichael was the most effective Civil rights leader. His message of black power spoke to a majority of youthful and radical african americans. His message was not the in the best interest of America but it caught peoples attention