The Civil Rights Movement

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There were hundreds of thousands of onlookers, twenty-one shots, four assassinations, one nation, and a changed world all effected throughout the 1960s. There were many distresses throughout the 1960s. Some of the main ones included the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Robert Kennedy and John Kennedy. The aftermath of all these deaths greatly affected the United States and the people in it. Each one of these men had a huge impression on a certain group in America that they broke a barrier for. The nation mourned and wept over them, and felt for their families. These sequences of deaths began in 1963 with the death of John F. Kennedy. John F. Kennedy was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1917. He was one of nine children…show more content…
His supporters consisted mostly of those engaged in the NOI and Black Muslims, even though all African Americans wanted the racial equality. Malcolm was assassinated by a Black Muslim on February 21, 1965 at one of his own rallies for racial equality. In a book that he wrote, and was later published after his death, he showed concern in the amount of time that he had left. This book was The Autobiography of Malcolm X. However, he felt that he would have more of an effect on the movement after his death than during his life. His feelings would later reign true when there was a rally in the summer of 1966 (Historynetwork). His works and marches inspired so many people, despite the fact that many disagreed with his radical ways. There were a group of people who were empowered by his speeches and the way he presented himself. Although his tactics were often times overdone and went to the extreme, he helped to achieve equal rights for all. Someone who was very similar to Malcolm X in want, but not in the execution of tactics was Martin Luther King Jr. He was born on January 15, 1929 as Michael but his name was later changed to Martin. He was a very spiritual man and was a pastor for several different churches throughout his lifetime. He was on the executive board for the NAACP (Nobel Media). He was also elected as the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which also had an
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