Essay on The Civil Rights Movement

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This paper will discuss the Black struggle for civil rights in America by examining the civil rights movement's history and reflecting on Blacks' status in contemporary society, will draw upon various related sources to substantiate its argument. The history of Black social change following the Emancipation Proclamation will be provided to show the evolution of the civil rights struggle. Obstacles that impede the movement's chance of success, such as ignorance in both Whites and Blacks, and covert governmental racism will be discussed. The effectiveness of several elements that compose the movement will reveal their progress, and how this has aided the movement as a whole. The paper will conclude that the struggle for equality has…show more content…
This would produce gradual results but would be met with more favorably by Whites, who would therefore be less prone to use violence. His counterpart, W.E.B. Du Bois, advocated a more immediate solution. He wanted the most talented Blacks, such as doctors, lawyers, and other professionals, to lead the their race towards social uplift. In his eyes, this "talented tenth" of the Black population would assume equality on their own terms by leading other Blacks to follow their example. Although their styles differed, Washington and Du Bois articulated a solution to the problem of racism, which laid much of the groundwork for the struggle towards equality. Ensuing generations would use versions of their philosophies to push their message further. The civil rights movement of 1960s adopted platforms that were similar to those that were created by their predecessors. Nonviolent groups advocated passive resistance, which was similar to Washington?s approach because both worked within the system. Black power groups agreed with Du Bois in that they felt Blacks could assert control over their own destiny. Groups like the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and Martin Luther King?s Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC) used sit-ins and marches and other nonviolent forms of protest. They felt their argument?s moral superiority would demonstrate the unequal treatment between
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