Essay on My Soul Is Rested

1383 WordsMay 16, 20066 Pages
My Soul Is Rested: A Critique of Raines' Work. The Civil Rights Movement in the Deep South is one that is well known and familiar to us all. We all know of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the charismatic preacher who was undisputedly the leader of the civil rights movement in the South. We have all also heard of Rosa Parks, the black woman who would not give up her seat in the bus and was thus arrested for it, she was the catalyst that sparked the civil rights movement. They were the famous people often mentioned in the Civil Rights Movement. However, they were not the only people engaged in the Civil Rights Movement, there were many more, and their stories are just as important as that of Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. That reason…show more content…
Nixon, and in Nixon's own words: "I don't know how I'm going to do it yet, but someday I'm gon' hang him to the stars" (48). On December 5th, he was thus elected president of the Movement. Martin Luther King's highlight of his career came during August 28th, 1963, when roughly 250,000 people marched in from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial, ending in his famous "I Have A Dream" speech. The Civil Rights Movement had a few influences, and Gandhi was one of the major influences of the Civil Rights Movement. A lot of the tactics used in the Civil Rights Movement followed that of Gandhi's Salt March on the British Government. James Farmer, National Director of the NAACP states: "We, following the Gandhian technique, wrote to Washinton, and … and …" (110), following Gandhi's way of sending a letter of warning to the British authorities. At Howard University in Columbia, Farmer met and consulted with an Indian named Krishnalal Shridharani, who was doing a dissertation on Gandhi's techniques used during his famous Salt March entitled War Without Violence. The title caught "our imagination because that was precisely what we were aimed at" (28), explains Farmer. Gandhi's steps of investigation, negotiation, publicity and then demonstration were outlined in Shridharani's book, and thus they "adopted those steps as our method of action" (28), a nonviolent means of getting what they wanted as well as drawing attention
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