AFRO 3866 Midterm Paper - Isabella Moore Civil Rights Black Power Movement Professor Keith Mayes Fall 2017 Midterm Local Initiatives leading to a

AFRO 3866 Midterm Paper - Isabella Moore Civil Rights Black...

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Isabella Moore Civil Rights & Black Power Movement Professor Keith Mayes Fall 2017 Midterm Local Initiatives leading to a National Social Movement The nature of the Civil Rights movement is one to be considered as a multi- complex system, made up of many different parts leading to a larger national revolution overtime. Without the build up of smaller efforts, the strength of a larger movement can be lessened. This could be due to the need for national exposure of civil rights efforts in select cities so they have the overall ability to spread to other areas of the country. “Strength in numbers” is a powerful underlying factor of success in Black Power movements, and numbers are surely a significant attribute to the build up of a nation-wide civil rights fight. Numbers signify participation, and simply with more participation of the people (African- American or other) the overwhelming force of a joint community is what has come to overthrow racism and racist legislation in the United States. A crucial aspect of the African-Americans involved in the movement is their personal identity they carry with them. These identities play into the role of Black rights as a whole in connection with the rights they are fighting for as Black-Americans collectively. In addition to the oppression of their identity as African-Americans, people are also oppressed in these other aspects of their identity such as: LGBTQ+ identifying members of the Black community, Black women, members of the Black Church (Usually Christian, but this is the same for identifying Muslim folks also) and those who find themselves coming across any stepping stone of intersectionality within the Black Rights movement they relate to. These different intersections 1
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of Black identities is a unifying factor in the movement and gives them even more of a reason of how they relate to one another, as well as why they are fighting for the Black Power movement together. Even alongside their personal identity, everyone as an individual carries with them as how they contribute to the society they live in. This can include their career, or education, but it can also be the work they do socially in their community of whom altogether make up a functioning society in cities leading up to a national level of communal participation. Within the movement and outside of the movement fighting for civil rights socially could mean participating in protests, sit-ins and educating your neighbors on forms of oppression. But it also goes as far as participating in elections, educating others on elections such as why it is a major part of gaining rights, and factors of history such as why their was a Grandfather Clause or literacy test near impossible to pass make the ability to gain these rights tough. Analyzing the power structure to identify who these oppressors are and how to rid them of the system giving them their power included in this as well. These everyday people (churchgoers, teachers, students, cooks, teachers, salesmen,etc.) all came together in the power of numbers to overthrow
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