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H106 4/5/07 Writing Assignment Two One of our nation’s most difficult struggles in the 1960s was the fight for providing justice and equality to Africa Americans. After pushing the civil rights issues aside for too long, African Americans soon demanded more light on the matter. African American leaders, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Stokeley Carmichael all had differing visions upon pursuing equality. King emphasizes the goal of desegregation while Malcolm X attacked integration and supported Black Nationalism. Stokely Carmichael argued against integration and pushed for “fighting back.” During Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech during the 1963 March on Washington, King confidently spoke about the ideas of desegregation and future generations. King believed that it was time for the African Americans to stop sitting back and allowing whites rule over them. King explained it as: This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. i King said the problems African American’s faced were the limitations of segregation and the evil powers of discrimination. He also said that blacks were still standing in the “symbolic shadow” 1 of Americans. The words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence say that every American would be guaranteed the inaliable rights of life,
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liberty and the pursuit of happiness. King made note that this promise was made to all Americans, meaning all men, black or white. Clearly, these promissory notes were not sufficient in their statements. In King’s letter from Birmingham jail he discusses his real obstacles; I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice. 2
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