How Far Was Peaceful Protest Responsible for the Successes of the Civil Rights Movement Int He Years of 1955-64?

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How far was the peaceful protest responsible for the successes of the civil rights movement in the years of 1955-64? During 1955-64 USA was still going through racial inequality between whites and blacks. Black campaigns such as Student non-violent coordinating committee, felt that the civil rights movement was too slow and hence needed something to boost them up in order to succeed what they first rose up for, which was desegregation and equality for all. King was a highly charismatic and a gifted orator who helped promote non-violent tactics. His first use of this ‘non-violent theory’ was shown through the sit-ins and hence positively influenced a lot of the black campaigners. Leaders, countless activists, campaigners and ordinary black people put their life on the line to campaign for freedom. To some extent I do agree that peaceful protest was responsible for the successes of the civil rights movement as shown in the Greensboro sit-ins in 1960. In this event four black students refused to leave the all-white Woolworths cafeteria when asked. The black students here were violated and insulted at and at one point whites poured food all over a black and white student but still the students had resisted. Moreover the peaceful protest was effectively used here as the blacks did not fight back or even defend themselves as they were being treated with disrespect. They used non-violent tactics to help achieve what they wanted from the beginning which was desegregation. As a result the sit-ins were successful to a large extent as it helped to erode the Jim Crow laws. This occurred due to Woolworth’s loss of business which made them desegregate all its lunch counters by the end of 1961. Woolworths had failed to run their businesses successfully because when black students had refused to leave they had retained their seats, forcing Woolworths to close. Also not only did the sit-in help desegregate the lunch counters only in Woolworths but also other one hundred and fifty...
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