Black Power Essay

874 words - 4 pages

How far is it accurate to say that Black Power movements of 1960s achieved nothing for Black people?

In the 1960s many groups such as the Nation of Islam (NOI) and Black Panthers (BP) rose up to support “black power”, largely due to being dissatisfied by Martin Luther King’s adamant belief in peaceful protest. With Jim Crow gone and Vietnam looming many former civil rights protesters no longer had any interest or time to continue with Black Rights. As a result things began to slow down. The Black Power movement did less than perhaps it could have done, unrealistic aims meant in it was difficult to achieve some things. However it did somewhat has success and did a lot to increasing the ...view middle of the document...

Addionally because of the violence the group displayed they began to lose liberal sympathy. During protests such as Birmingham, people started to recognize the horrible violence bestowed on black people and as a consequence began to support movements. However BP turned the tables by retaliating and so support began to lessen from whites. And finally the violence they showed would of course by treated as a threat by federal government which led to their eventual downfall. This highlights how the BP seemed to do more damage to the the face of the movement than it did help it and so BP was not overly successful.
Another important black power organisation was the Nation of Islam, led by Elijah Muhammad. The NOI was very much against integration and felt black people should be entirely independent from white people. They also believed that black people should defend themselves from white provocation. Unfortunately the NOI did little to help civil rights, although Malcolm X who was noted as important speaker for the group up until 1964 was seen on television occasionally which helped spread the word of Black power which, as previously mentioned, increased black morale and self-esteem. Malcolm X also acted as a role model for young black people to follow. The movement as a whole could arguably be seen as hope beacon as it attempted, perhaps not in the best way, to rekindle the civil right movement. Despite not really actively achieving a great deal, the NOI...

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