Black Power Movement

774 Words Jun 19th, 2018 4 Pages
The words of ‘I am Black and I am proud’ was an anthem that filled the 1960s. A time period which saw the militancy of Malcolm X, the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and a student movement that would push forward an agenda of black culture empowerment that would change America. This movement arose from civil activism of the 1950s with leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X during the Civil Rights movement and then Stokely Carmichael. The Black Power Movement arose from males who had grown weary of mistreatment and of the broken promises of the equality within American. This movement also arose from the males whose views would change after the Civil Rights Movement. Stokely Carmichael had grown weary of emphasizing …show more content…
Lynching was also a common threat when blacks gained an inkling of freedom, this was used especially when blacks went to register for voting or did something that southern whites found offensives. Southern whites used this threat to keep their terrorous reign over blacks. The Scottsboro Boys were a prime example of how black males struggled for the elusive dream of equality in the South. Two white women who were on the same train as nine blacks, were accused of raping these women. Consequently the nine boys were found guilty of rape, in a speedy and unfair trial. This is one of the significant events that describe the treatment of black men in the Jim Crow Era. when African-American males began to rise up and demand racial, political, and social equality when compared to whites.
The Civil Rights Movement was a post-awakening period for black males. Their whimpering cries from the Jim Crow era was slowly building up into an outraged roar. The defining start of the Civil Rights movement, seemingly the final straw for the blacks was when Rosa Parks was arrested for not giving up her seat for whites. This event fueled the beginning of The Civil Rights movement with the Montgomery Bus Boycott, led by Martin Luther King Jr. The Civil Rights Movement was an nonviolent struggle for equal freedoms executed by blacks. Whites were the aggressors and this nonviolence state of mind quickly faded away and brought forth