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

Explain why blacks disagreed in the 1960s about the best way to gain civil rights

Extracts from this document...


Explain why blacks disagreed in the 1960s about the best way to gain civil rights On In the 1960s there were two main groups working towards justice for black people. These were the SCLC and the black power movement. The SCLC was a Christian movement and therefore used peaceful protest. The Black Power movement had a lot of resentment towards white people and often used violent methods. Different African Americans disagreed amongst themselves about the best way to gain civil rights both the movements had very different methods, which I think is the most important reason. They also disagreed on the methods and ideologies. The two main leaders of the movements were Martin Luther King and Martin X. They both had very different backgrounds which effected their views. Martin Luther King was brought up in a privileged background, and his family was respected in the black community. His father was a Baptist minister, which means he was born into a Christian family, which would affect his attitudes towards how to gain civil rights. Malcom X on the other hand was born into a poorer family who were targeted by white racists. ...read more.


However, he never took violent action himself, and some condoned them to frighten authorities into action He was also a very strong speaker, but unlike King, was blatant, and formidable. Support gained by each leader was influenced by their methods and attitudes. Martin Luther King would welcome anyone, and was even supported by white people. He was supported by the NAACP, who also put pressure on the government through non violent methods and by southern Christians, who agreed with his nonviolent methods, and supported his strong Christian attitudes. One reason that there was a disagreement over which method was best to gain civil rights was that both the leaders had different groups of people supporting them. Malcom X was only supported by black people, as his attitudes could often be seen as racist by white people. He wouldn't have welcomed support from white people. A lot of his supporters were younger people who were ready for change and had more progressive ideas. They also thought that Martin Luther Kings methods were too slow, and turned to Malcom X for a radical change. ...read more.


As the two leaders were almost opposite in their ideals and methods, I believe they would be more successful if they had cooperated. However, due to their differences in background, they did not have the same ideas about how the situation should be dealt with. Malcom X's hard background made him bitter towards white people, and this made him adopt violent methods and want the situation changed quickly. Contrastingly, Martin Luther King's privileged background gave him faith in the legal system, and his devout Christianity taught him to " turn the other cheek". However, it is these differences that I believe would have made them successful if they were to cooperate, as they both had a lot to offer the campaign. In conclusion I believe that the main reason that blacks disagreed on which was the best method to gain civil rights was the difference in the leaders methods. This is because people with different attitudes and lifestyles were divided between which was the better method to use. Some black people wanted a quick fix to the problem and had a lot of bitterness towards white people, and so they followed Malcom X. Black people who were stronger Christians and had had better educations and lives often followed Martin Luther King. ...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 Miscellaneous 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 Miscellaneous essays

  1. Customer experience management in UK higher education

    At the same time, share their insistence on the centrality of combined action and reflection (praxis) through teaching and learning in activities as useful in the social and intellectual. Pedagogy practice putting in the foreground requires that students and teachers have a positive approach and employ risk methods of thinking and research in collaboration.

  2. Problem Solution: Foundation Schools

    The Foundation Schools culture is lacking in cohesiveness. This is reflected in the apprehensiveness of its members John Thomas should address any concerns they may have; additionally, he may want to clearly define its goals. Organizational Culture - Culture reflects the personality of the organization and, similar to an

  1. An Examination of Southern Dialect

    During a funeral speech, Anse states the following: The somebody you was young with and you growed old in her and she growed old in you, seeing the old coming on and it was the one somebody you could hear say it don�(tm)t matter and know it was the truth

  2. Slow Food Movement Essay

    Slow Food seeks to protect our invaluable food heritage. The products in the slow food movement are generally produced locally in community gardens and thus the retainment of nutritional content of the food is high. As little travel is involved, food miles are minimal and little pollution is released and the environment is not damaged.

  1. Investigating The Use of Pectinase

    This shows that 50�C is greater than the optimum temperature. However, it is only slightly greater as this difference is similar to the difference between the 20�C and 30�C experiments when juice production was gradually increasing. This shows that even though the enzyme was beginning to denature, the majority of active sites had remained intact.


    This can be overcome by using pseudonyms as was seen in Takei's (2001) research with young babies and changing place names which Aldgate and Bradley (2004) did in order to protect the identity of the four councils in their research.

  1. Principles of the Building Control System

    Some will even see a major problem as a professional challenge, going all out to resolve it for you, rather than face defeat. The second type includes academics that, with college or graduate training, become inspectors despite having very limited or no on-site experience.

  2. "Why has there been a substantial increase in the adopted population of children born ...

    9 Interview Interviewer: I'm conducting this interview as part of a major research project for yr 12 as part of the community and family studies course. Your names and details won't be published in this task unless you give your consent.

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