The Civil Rights Movement

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During the 1900’s, great changes were occurring in America. The Civil Rights Movement took place, a major push for equal rights in which many new reforms were created gaining equality for black people. Many important and influential people participated in the movement, inspiring others to join the movement resulting in its success. One of the most major characters in the Civil Rights Movement was Malcolm X. His more active philosophy, which was a contrast to the more peaceful philosophies of other activists such as Martin Luther King Jr., motivated many black people to stand up and fight for their rights. Malcolm Little was born on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. His father, Earl Little, was a preacher, a member of the Universal Negro Improvement Association, and a supporter of Marcus Garvey. Marcus Garvey, being a prominent agitator, was a large inspiration for Earl Little. Garvey’s philosophy made Earl into an independent man who wanted to take care of his own things and always preached that blacks needed to work in unity to improve their condition. His mother was Louise Little. His father’s civil rights activism caused them to get a lot of attention from white supremacists. When Malcolm was four years old, after the KKK broke all of the windows in their house, the family moved to East Lansing, Michigan, hoping to get away from this discrimination. In Lansing, the family faced even worse discrimination. Soon after, they had moved in to their four acre farm house, white
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