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Martin Luther King how he improved civil rights

Martin Luther King how he improved civil rights

Format or citation style:

Introduction, body, conclusion

Paper instructions:

The question that must be answered is:

How important was Martin – Luther King in bringing about improved civil rights for African-Americans?

The sources are in order, which is stated by the number next to them but they must be referred to as the letter. For example “As source G shows…”

The coursework must be structured as shown:




The sources are below:

Sourse G (#1): “We preach freedom around the world, and we mean it, and we cherish our freedom here at home, but are we to say to the world, and much more importantly, to each other that this is the land of the free except for the Negroes; that we have no second-class citizens except Negroes; that we have no class or caste system, no ghettoes, no master race except with respect to Negroes?”


Source H (#2)

Martin Luther King, I have a dream speech


Source K #(3)

Malcolm X march on Washington


Source N (#4)

Apparently, Malcolm X does not exist. At least that’s what you might think while visiting the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. During our rally for the Heather Ellis case, the young woman who faced 15 years in prison after cutting line at a Wal-Mart, I took a tour of the museum. After completing the hour-long tour, I realized that they’d forgotten something. Even though the museum had hundreds of pictures of other events representing the civil rights struggle in America, I saw only one picture of Malcolm X.

This incredibly disappointing display at the Civil Rights Museum is a reflection of how Malcolm’s legacy has been treated like the neglected step-child of the African-American struggle for freedom and equality. Malcolm fought for civil rights just as diligently as Dr. King. He was just as impactful as Dr. King. He gave his life like Dr. King. But for some reason, most of us don’t remember Malcolm’s birthday. We’ve never considered having a holiday to commemorate his contribution. He is rarely discussed in the same sentence with Dr. King. We just ignore him and this has got to change.

It’s easy to understand why mainstream America has been conditioned not to appreciate the legacy of Malcolm X. They dislike Malcolm for the same reasons that the British dislike George Washington. Malcolm wasn’t an apologist and challenged black folks to respect themselves, which was in direct contrast to a strategy of constrained and oppressive integration. Our goal was to get a seat at the table, even if we were given the scraps, and some are wondering if we are better off because of it. Malcolm kept a crystal ball in his mind which told him that a distorted, imbalanced marriage between blacks and whites would lead to terrible inner city schools, huge imbalances of wealth and unemployment and a lack of willingness by politicians to acknowledge serious concerns within the African-American community. Hence, you have the year 2010.


Source B (#5)

We are here this evening to say to those who have mistreated us so long that we are tired – tired of being segregated and humiliated, tired of being kicked about by the brutal feet of oppression. We have sometimes given people the feeling that we liked the way we were being treated. But we come here tonight to be saved from that patience that makes us patient with anything less than freedom and justice… in our protest there will be no cross burinings… We will be guided by the highest principles of law and order. Out method will be that of persuasion, not coercion.


Last Updated on February 11, 2019

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