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Ganta Kalyani Ganta Mr. Martin 3.3.8 11/5/20 3.3.8 Practice: Documents from the Civil Rights Movement Following years of war and turmoil, the 1960s was not yet a time of rest. This period of time was known for the beginning of an incredibly impactful movement called the Civil Rights Movement. Although slavery was no longer legal for a long period of time prior, America was still far from any sort of equality. Finally, after years of injustice, African Americans were tired and decided to take matters into their own hands through the Civil Rights Movement. The 1960s were a time for change specifically for the goals, strategies, and overall support for the African American civil rights movement. The goal of the Civil Rights movement was quite clear right from the start: equality amongst men regardless of skin color. Stokely Carmichael was able to specifically outline this in his writing, “What We Want”, in which he said “But our vision is not merely of a society in which all black men have enough to buy the good things of life... It is a society in which the spirit of community and humanistic love prevail” (Doc 5). In his writing he went quite in depth into the specificity and what exactly the purpose of the civil rights movement was. Although from a perspective that was not of an African American at the time, the country seemed perfectly fine, however that was far from the reality. The policy of segregation, known as “separate but equal”, caused African Americans to be at a disadvantage in various aspects, thus preventing them from thriving. For this reason in particular, Carmichael addressed this inequality and went
into detail about the true purpose of the Civil Rights Movement, which was to even out the field and create a true sense of equality amongst all men, one where people would not be hurt for living their life. In addition to this, the “Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Statement of Purpose” also addressed the goals of the Civil Rights movement, and said something quite similar to Carmichael. Specifically they mentioned “We affirm the philosophical or religious

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