The Civil Rights Movement By Dennis Chong

1973 WordsOct 28, 20148 Pages
The civil rights movement was a time of fighting, fright, and change, and arguably one of the most important times in history. Many strategies and events have been credited with advancing and affecting the civil rights movement. Dennis Chong argues that nonviolence was the most effective strategy used by activists in the civil rights movement (Chong 20). However, Kathleen Hall Jamieson argues that the civil rights movement “was catalyzed … by eloquent pictures” (Jamieson 57-58). With its power to impact and transform opinions, and change the trajectory of different events, visual art became a major factor in the civil rights movement. Norman Rockwell’s paintings worked to eliminate the pervasive racial stereotypes, changing the opinions of many Americans and the trajectory of the civil rights movement as a whole. Many critics argue that nonviolence was the most important strategy used by civil rights activists to advance their cause. Nonviolence was successfully used by Mohandas Gandhi during the Indian fight for independence from Great Britain, a success that led this tactic to be a strong example for civil rights activists. Led by Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights activists used this tactic to win sympathy for their cause (Alvah). Nonviolence was a “social pact founded on the commitments of each individual to uphold a collective agreement,” and thus everyone who made this “pact” of nonviolence adhered to it, as they greatly feared the group violence that would come

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