The Importance Of The Civil Rights Movement

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During the mid-twentieth century, the African-American community began a quest for equality after the continual injustice and abuse by the government and law enforcement. Cases of unjust implementation of law had become a normal standard in the African-American community, but a multitude of Americans realized the need for immediate reaction. Catalysts of the Civil Rights movement were prominent figures such as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Rosa Parks; speeches and boycotts by key figures impacted and steered the course of the Civil Rights Movement. With the advancement of the Civil Rights movement, why was language significant?

In the Civil Rights movement, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. famous for their speeches and the language used in them, though Robert Terrill contests that the legacies that they planted were radically different. During the 1950s, while a member of NOI (Nation of Islam), Malcolm X popularized radical speech, and he urged black America to turn to violence (Terrill 8). Malcolm X’s radical speech not only led to his untimely demise, but his legacy was being a violent Civil Rights leader (Terrill 223). Robert Terrill and Walt Wolfram, both advocate that language created an impact in the Civil Rights movement, whether the significance is positive or negative. Alternatively, Martin Luther King Jr. used his ability of speech to call for non-violence. Wolfram contends King’s language in speeches often changed to accommodate to a certain audience
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