The Definition Of Desegregation In The Civil Rights Movement

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The unity and determination that made the civil rights movement of the 1960 one of the most successful movements in American history, was achieved after a long time of division and internal conflict within the movement, caused by all the new ideologies introduced by very influential leaders: Malcom x was promoting a movement in favor of self-defense and violence, with the target of achieving equality by any means necessary, and Martin Luther king was promoting a nonviolent type of movement, based on the teachings of Gandhi. The upbringings of these two leaders shaped their mentality in such a way that they had completely opposite ways of achieving the same goal, creating a division between the black community, that ended being one of the reasons of the success of this movement. The most commonly accepted ideology to achieve desegregation during the civil rights movement was the non-violent protest ideology used by Martin Luther King, that later became the definitive ideology on which the movement was based on. This ideology was originally introduced by Gandhi, that by using this strategy of protesting, helped India gain independence from the British empire. This strategy of protesting and challenging the unjust society was later on used by many other important historical figures including Henry David Thoreau, that justified his rebellious actions by stating “if the injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government, let your life be a counter friction
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