The Importance of the Civil Rights Leaders Essay

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Most people do not realize the sacrifices and risk that civil right leaders had to make. Civil right leaders constantly risk their lives and their freedom. Civil right leaders fought for equality and freedom for African Americans. Over 70% of African Americans were experiencing segregation and discrimination during the civil right movement. African Americans only had one another for support, so during this time African Americans appreciated civil right leaders. During the civil rights movement, many leaders helped African Americans cope with changes that they were experiencing. Some African Americans looked up to civil rights leaders, because they were African American, so they knew how it felt to be mistreated by whites. African American…show more content…
He showed African Americans helpful tactics to use when they wanted something to change. For instance, African American was able to change segregation on buses in Montgomery. King encouraged African Americans refuse to ride the bus until a change was made. According to Pitney, after a year “Montgomery's bus lines were reopened on a nondiscriminatory basis” (Pitney 4). In other words, African Americans did not have to sit in the back of the bus; they were able to sit in the front. In addition, African Americans were also able to sit with whites, because segregation laws did not exist on buses. King’s nonviolent approach helped change segregation and discrimination on buses. Therefore, King encouraged African Americans to use nonviolent approaches.
Martin Luther King Jr. showed African Americans nonviolent ways to resist. He did not want African Americans to commit violent acts for their rights. For example, slaves resist by not picking cotton or picking below their usual amount. Resistant in nonviolent ways require people to find other ways to resist without fighting or hurting someone. According to Pitney, he believes King wanted African Americans “to resist white racism through nonviolent actions undertaken in a spirit of love” (Pitney 2). In other words, he wanted African Americans to fight for their rights but he did not want them harm someone else to get equality. For instance, if a white man was using racial slurs toward a
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