Why did some black activists reject the approach of Martin Luther King towards civil rights?

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why did some black activists reject the approach of Martin Luther King towards civil rights?

Two main black activist leaders of the early 1950’s were Martin Luther King andMalcolm X. Today, both of these men would be remembered as 'great leaders'.However, these two men had totally different approaches towards meeting the same main goal.

Both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X fought for civil rights; however Malcolm X also wanted to have a separate black society whereas Martin Luther "wanted the integration of white people with black people. Malcolm X believed that violence was the key to his goat whereas Martin Luther King chose to take the nonviolent approach This is one reason why some black activists rejected, the approach of Martin Luther King to civil rights. His non violent attitude led some black activists to conclude that Martin Luther king was too closely connected to white people

Also, despite Martin Luther King’s efforts, discrimination was still occurring. Black people were being discriminated against and being segregated on places like buses. On December 1st,1955, Rosa Parks(a black woman) refused to give her sat up to a white person on a bus. This resulted in her arrest, which caused an outrage in the black community, thus beginning the “bus boycott”. Martin Luther King led the boycott of city buses in Montgomery, Alabama, which led the bus company to stop segregated bus seats. Although Martin Luther King managed to put an end to this example of segregation, his efforts failed when attempting to stop other types of segregation and discrimination. Blacks were still being treated unfairly and being disregarded as members of communities nationwide.

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Some black activists argued that the end of segregation of buses was one of the few successful and suitable Changes made for blacks, aided by Martin Luther King. Although buses were no longer segregated, the majority of restaurants and shops had 'whites only" signs in their window, indicating that black people were not allowed in these places. Protests and rebellions against these places were mostly unsuccessful and the protestors were usually arrested or beaten

After these groups of protestors received such acts of discrimination and violence, they began to question the effectiveness on Martin Luther King's non violent approach ...

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