Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Civil Rights Movement in the United States

Civil Rights Timeline: Milestones in the modern civil rights movement

Watching Lunchcounter sit-in at Nashville  from Eyes on the Prize documentary. Student sit-ins spread to 69 cities

"The workshops in nonviolence made the difference... the philosophy... the tactics, the techniques, how to... take the blows and still respond with... dignity."
—Rev. C. T. Vivian, Nashville activistMartin Luther King's creed of non-violence surprised many Americans. Though conceding that King's methods were effective, black psychologist Kenneth Clark called the philosophy of loving one's enemy "psychologically burdensome." In a 1963 interview, Malcolm X accused King of working "to keep Negroes defenseless in the face of an attack." Nevertheless, King's approach achieved success in Montgomery, Alabama, and other civil rights hot spots.
See the PBS American Experience website for more summaries of episodes of the Civil Rights movement.

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