Civil Rights Movement: Malcolm X and Dr. King

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Civil Rights Movement
Racarra Miller
University of Phoenix

Civil Rights Movement
During 1950, civil rights leaders such as Malcolm X and Dr. King fought for the rights of blacks. During the civil rights movement, the news media played a major part helping to expose the country to segregation laws and racial profiling through news coverage. Both leaders Dr. King and Malcolm X took two different directions regarding leading the civil rights movement. Dr. King promoted nonviolent protest and idealistic views, whereas Malcolm X promoted violence by any means necessary to develop a philosophy of independence and freedom for blacks. With the help of the media, other states were able to capture rallies, riots and attacks on television, such as the Birmingham riots. Not only did the media contribution to defending blacks, but the media brought about a noise from the public; a noise that cried out for change against brutality, mistreatment, and segregation of blacks .Politicians and leaders, such as, Dr. King and Malcolm X were against the mistreatment of blacks and depended on the support of the media to reach out to the public for change. Dr. King was one of the major leaders to lead the civil rights movement. Dr. King strategy was to fight in a peaceful manner, which meant nonviolent protest. “In 1956, Dr. King helped to organize a bus boycott in Montgomery, after Rosa Parks, an African American woman, was asked to give up her seat on the bus to a white man. The police were called and Parks was arrested in accordance with Alabama segregation laws. King, Jr. called upon the citizens of Montgomery to stop riding public buses. The boycott lasted for a year, with hundreds of citizens carpooling or walking miles to their destination to avoid riding the buses” (McGill, 2005). Because two-thirds of Montgomery was black bus companies suffered a huge lost. As 1960 approached, the civil rights movement began...
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