If there was a Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King, history remembers. Malcolm X, history tries to forget.
Background[ edit ] Bayard Rustin left and Cleveland Robinson rightorganizers of the March, on August 7, Although African Americans had been legally freed from slaveryelevated to the status of citizens and the men given full voting rights at the end of the American Civil Warmany continued to face social, economic, and political repression over the years and into the s.
In the early s, a system of legal discrimination, known as Jim Crow lawswere pervasive in the American Southensuring that Black Americans remained oppressed. They also experienced discrimination from businesses and governments, and in some places were prevented from voting through intimidation and violence.
With Bayard RustinRandolph called forblack workers to march on Washington,  in protest of discriminatory hiring by U. Roosevelt issued Executive Order on June They envisioned several large marches during the s, but all were called off despite criticism from Rustin.
Many whites and blacks also came together in the urgency for change in the nation. Violent confrontations broke out in the South: Most of these incidents involved white people retaliating against nonviolent demonstrators.
Some called for a complete shutdown of the city through civil disobedience. Others argued that the movement should remain nationwide in scope, rather than focus its energies on the nation's capital.
Kennedy invited African-American novelist James Baldwinalong with a large group of cultural leaders, to a meeting in New York to discuss race relations.
However, the meeting became antagonistic, as black delegates felt that Kennedy did not have a full understanding of the race problem in the nation. The public failure of the meeting, which came to be known as the Baldwin—Kennedy meetingunderscored the divide between the needs of Black America and the understanding of Washington politicians.
However, the meeting also provoked the Kennedy administration to take action on the civil rights for African-Americans. Kennedy gave his famous civil rights address on national television and radio, announcing that he would begin to push for civil rights legislation—the law which eventually became the Civil Rights Act of That night, Mississippi activist Medgar Evers was murdered in his own driveway, further escalating national tension around the issue of racial inequality.
Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin began planning the march in December They envisioned two days of protest, including sit-ins and lobbying followed by a mass rally at the Lincoln Memorial. They wanted to focus on joblessness and to call for a public works program that would employ blacks.
In early they called publicly for "a massive March on Washington for jobs". The unionists offered tentative support for a march that would be focused on jobs.
In Juneleaders from several different organizations formed the Council for United Civil Rights Leadershipan umbrella group which would coordinate funds and messaging. King in particular had become well known for his role in the Birmingham campaign and for his Letter from Birmingham Jail.
Together, the Big Six plus four became known as the "Big Ten.
The six of us, plus the four.Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most effective vocies for social change in American history. Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work promoting civil rights. King was a leader of the Montgomery bus boycott and formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Tragically, King was assassinated, April 4, Martin Luther King Jr. Born Although both Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. both love their families they both were away from home a lot.
philosophies He considered "Little" a slave name and chose the "X" to signify his lost tribal name.
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Every year on Martin Luther King Day, I’m reminded of these words, from Letter from a Birmingham Jail. I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the . Jan 31, · (CNN Student News)-- Use the following timeline to learn about some of the key events in civil rights history.
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