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Paper Topic:

African American History

Non-Violence and the Civil Rights Movement

While there are those who believe that violence is the only way to solve a chaotic situation , violence has a tendency to breed further violence and chaos . Many people , however , prefer to undertake violent action because it is the (perceivably ) easiest way to deal with a bad situation . A non-violent approach to dealing with repression and maltreatment is very difficult to pull off . In to do so , a visionary individual who stands head and shoulders above his or her peers is required to be successful in

such a situation . Such was the case with Rev . Martin Luther King , a man who was able to promote the issue of peace and tolerance in the face of repression and racism . To a great degree , Rev . King was successful and was granted an esteemed place in history as a result

Black Americans needed a Martin Luther King , but above all America needed him . The significant qualities of this special man cannot be underestimated nor taken for granted . Within a span of 13 years from 1955 to his death in 1968 he was able to expound , expose , and extricate America from many wrongs . His tactics of protest involved non-violent passive resistance to racial injustice . It was the right prescription for our country , and it was right on time . Hope in America was waning on the part of many Black Americans , but Martin Luther King , Jr . provided a candle along with a light . He also provided this nation with a road map so that all people could locate and share together in the abundance of this great democracy (Sylvester

In a strange set of circumstances , one could say the Cold War laid the foundation for the development of the success for the Civil Rights movement . Because the United States was facing such a serious threat every person was needed to help . As such , the military was quickly desegregated

In 1948 as America was getting further embroiled in the Cold War and as Truman reinstated the draft the call for desegregation in the armed forces was getting louder . With the fall Czechoslovakia to communism in 1948 and the rapid demobilization of the armed forces , African Americans were provided leverage on the issue of integration of the armed services since they were needed in the new mobilization effort . Grant Reynolds an Army chaplain in WWII , and A . Philip Randolph recognized African Americans leverage went to the White House demanding the integration of the armed forces

When it came to the subject of segregation , the concept was overlooked ' in the South for nearly a century after the failure of the Civil War Reconstruction . As a result , a great deal of racial discrimination and violence was allowed to perpetuate in the South for no reason other than to avoid potential , perpetual strife between the North and the South

While some , at the time , may have felt that a violent response to the situation was in , a non-violent approach is what turned...

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