• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The emergence of the black power movement in the early 1960's corresponded with the success for the civil rights campaigns. The focus on the campaigns meant that the practical issues relating to social and economic factors didnt improve.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

´╗┐Sophie Hendy The emergence of the black power movement in the early 1960's corresponded with the success for the civil rights campaigns. The focus on the campaigns meant that the practical issues relating to social and economic factors didn?t improve. It is easy to suggest that the black power movement achieved very little, and so had a negative impact on black American?s It is easy to disagree with the idea that the black power movement had little effect in the 1960?s. The preaching of Elijah Muhammad and later Malcolm X spoke of separatism, that the two races should not be together, but in fact live within separate communities, this also harmonized with the ideas of the nation of Islam about whites being evil and enslaving those who were not white. They called integrationist leaders such as Martin Luther king, ?uncle toms? meaning that integration was a new form of slavery and they were serving their white masters. There was also belief of Martin Luther King being paid by the US government to preach Christianity to African Americans. ...read more.

Middle

So in the end the black power movement was seen as a negative impact as nothing really helped towards the rights of African Americans. However not all of the movement was unsuccessful there was a number of factors that did contribute to achieving the rights of African Americans, many of these where based with the Black panthers and other individuals that helped to make an impression on the US government. Individuals such as Martin Luther King helped to move the black power movement forward as he was co-operative with the white US government, and acted as an American citizen. So in this sense the government helped, or so this would seem from Malcolm x?s statement about King being paid by the government to preach Christianity, so there for the government would have been impacted by King, as he speaks to his own race but preaches white teachings. Along with King, groups such as The National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) ...read more.

Conclusion

The black panthers also made improvements to the movement with the idea of ?patrol the pigs? this involved the panthers using the law against the police when they tried to arrest black citizens, the panthers would question the police and tell the ?criminal? their legal rights, this helped to highlight police abuse towards African Americans and improve their lives. More generally, Black Power offered black people a sense of their own culture and pride in their identity. The late 1960s saw changes in music, fashion and style that celebrated black identity rather than attempting to look like whites, such as the Afro hairstyles, the growth of a new soul music and the later development of hip-hop and rap. It is difficult to measure the results, but it can be argued that by helping to maintain attention on the problems and demanding change, the Black Power movements helped the black communities to keep fighting for better conditions. By comparison with the gains made through ?peaceful? protest, the impact of Black Power was mixed and its achievements limited, but to claim that it achieved nothing for black people is an exaggeration. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level History of the USA, 1840-1968 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level History of the USA, 1840-1968 essays

  1. Peer reviewed

    To what extent were Malcolm X and the subsequent Black Power Movement the 'Evil ...

    4 star(s)

    Through this oppression, they had stripped African Americans of their rights, freedom and culture and the only way to escape from this oppression would be to be separate, not integrate. Malcolm X saw nothing but white hostility in the North where racial discrimination was not seen to be so prevalent.

  2. Peer reviewed

    How effective was the early civil rights movement in advancing Black Civil Rights in ...

    3 star(s)

    In 1892 Homer Plessy was arrested as he paid for a ticket specifically for a white compartment of a train, he then refused to leave when asked. In the state court he claimed on the grounds of discrimination, yet the court ruled that the laws of segregation were "legal and justifiable".

  1. Compare the aims, methods and achievements of MLK and Malcolm X. Which man do ...

    say that whilst X's objectives were dependent on black on white hostility, King's were rooted in egalitarianism. I would suggest that this made King more accessible, and thus helped his plight through the participation of many moderate blacks and white student activists.

  2. Linguistic Study - Linguistic Analysis of Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream', and ...

    Luther King creates a sense of urgency in some parts of his speech, using phrases such as 'There is no time' and 'fatal to overlook'. He begins five sentences with now, one after another. This adds drama and intensifies the act of speech.

  1. The question that will be investigated is, to what extent was the case of ...

    Ferguson." A limitation of the article is not only the biases of the two authors in wanting to sell their books, but also the intended audience. The text is directed less as a scholarly piece and more as an education for high school students.

  2. Short term impact of Malcolm X

    Consequently, it can be said that Malcolm X had a limited impact; therefore there was no real reason for anyone to carry on his work, thus never really reaching his true potential "the recognition reached him only posthumously.

  1. How far was Martin Luther King's leadership responsible for the gains made by the ...

    Gayle ruling of 1956. This case was put in place to build upon the previous Montgomery bus boycott and officially made the segregation of buses illegal. The combination of direct action with the court case was so vitally important for a number of different reasons.

  2. How far were the forces opposed to civil rights responsible for the failure of ...

    During the 1960s the ideology of peaceful protesting had been replaced by that of black power, groups that once followed the ?turn the other cheek? principle introduced by Martin Luther King had decided to reject non-violence and radicalise their group.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work