The Struggle For African American Liberation

1242 WordsMay 5, 20175 Pages
In the early 1960s, when both men entered the struggle for African American liberation, it were the factors that set them apart that shaped both their outlook and the way they contributed to fight for Black empowerment. While Malcolm rose to fame by means of fierce attacks on Whites, Carmichael participated in non-violent workshops to prepare himself for his participation in the Freedom Rides. The first time Stokely encountered Malcolm X in person was during an event at Howard University in 1961, where Malcolm and Bayard Rustin discussed their diverging ideas on the nature and the objectives of African American liberation. Though Carmichael, who like many other students was excited to hear Malcolm speak at the event, thought that Bayard…show more content…
Only by understanding the interconnected character of these worldwide struggles and by cooperating with non-White people around the globe, he suggested, could Blacks in the United States improve their situation. Instead of relying on the empty promises of the Democratic Party and hoping that the rights they had all along would eventually be respected and protected by the government, African Americans should broaden their perspective and demand their human rights. These God-given rights would not depend on the fleeting goodwill of White people at home but could be pursued/claimed before a world court. While Malcolm chastised the United States Government for not being willing to guarantee and protect the rights of African Americans in his speech “Ballot or the Bullet,” once the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became a reality, he petitioned the delegates of the United Nations not to accept the legislation at face value. Pointing to the long-existing Brown decree that had hardly been enforced over the last ten years, Malcolm’s memorandum narrated some of the more recent hate crimes to illustrate that for many African Americans, as well as African visitors or residents, racism in the United States was rampant and often deadly. While Malcolm was in the process
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