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How Far Was The Black Power Movement The Main Reason For The Progress Made By The Civil Rights Movement In The 1960’s?

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How far was the Black Power movement the main reason for the progress made by the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s?
The Black Power movement was an undeniably controversial and radical branch of the larger civil rights movement that emerged the latter part of the 1960s. The numerous leaders and organizations who adopted the banner of “black power” supported a notably more aggressive and violent approach to tackling racism against blacks in American society, in contrast to the largely peaceful methods employed by their fellow activists such as Martin Luther King. Despite their idealistic aims to help the African- American population through enhancement of their social and economic ...view middle of the document...

Its leader, Elijah Muhammad was famous for his disdain for white people, terming them “blue-eyed devils”, and his most famous spokesman, Malcolm X, brazenly rejected MLK’s dream of an integrated society instead encouraging blacks to form a society by themselves. The militant philosophies of Malcolm X influenced civil right advocates such as Stokely Carmichael and Floyd McKissick, who took over the iconic organisations SNCC and CORE respectively and expelled white members from their ranks. Because of these changes, white people would inevitably be alienated and refuse to support civil rights. With this loss of a large part of its supporters, civil rights organisations naturally saw a drop in funding, even moderate ones like the NAACP who wanted nothing to do with Black Power. The alienation of white people due to Black Power also led to persecution of its members. One group, the Black Panthers, was infamous for its militant and confrontational tactics against law enforcement. The federal government recognized them as the “greatest threat to the internal security” of America, and ruthlessly persecuted the group through surveillance, imprisonment and assassinations of its top leaders. The impression given off to many white Americans was that parts of the civil rights movement had now become inherently criminal organisations that threatened America’s way of life and security- thus hindering the acceptance and progress of civil rights in American society.

Not only did Black Power ultimately lead to a loss of support for civil rights, it also irreparably fragmented and divided the civil rights movement itself. Moderate groups, such as the NAACP (who favoured legal action to fight racism) and the SCLC and MLK (who encouraged non-violent protests) found itself at odds with the methods of Black Power groups, who instead encouraged armed aggression and rioting. One example where these divisions became apparent is during the Meredith March of 1966, where thousands of civil rights activists marched from Memphis to Jackson to encourage voting. Stokely Carmichael was among them, and he along with many other activists (especially the young ones) was exasperated with the lack of progress of civil rights at the time and negligible significance of the March. After he was arrested, he became especially critical of King and his supporters, and began his own march. At the end of the March, rival factions of the movement barraged each other with chants of “freedom now” and “black power”. It was becoming clear that a movement that was once so united was no divided into two sides- the...

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