Many African Americans fought for their country during World War II, and demanded changes in the American society but when they returned back home, they went back todiscrimination and inequality, which became a very serious issue in the United States. All throughout the 1800s and 1900s people were taking action upon equality and rights, but one of the people that stoodout the most for defending ‘black people’s rights’ was the civil rights activist Stokely Carmichael. Carmichael was “one of the leading voices of the Black Power Movement/Civil Rights Movement. In1966 Carmichael became Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) chairman and, in 1967, honorary prime minister of the Black Panther Party” (PBS: Public Broadcasting Service).
The CivilRights Movement was a time period that lasted from the mid-50s through the late 60s. Its purpose was to end racial discrimination against African-Americans and to have the right to vote and Stokelywas one of the people that participated in it. It was a time when African Americans wanted the same rights that the United States Constitution promised white males. A time that blacks lifted theburden of oppression for the first time and fought back, a period when African Americans began to be proud of who they were. The Civil Rights Movement participants were majority black but people fromdifferent races knew that the fight was for all.
Through many of the leaders and participants of the movement, blacks changed the way many people viewed their capabilities. “The myth that the Negrois somehow incapable of liberating himself, is lazy, etc., came out of the American experience. In the books that children read, whites are always “good” (good symbols are white), blacks are “evil”or seen as savages in movies, their language is referred to as a “dialect”, and black people in this country are supposedly descended from savages”(Bloom, 116).
Stokely Carmichael was born in...
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