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Martin Luther King Jr. Montgomery Bus Boycott Montgomery Improvement Association “Well, I’m not sure I’m the right person for the position, but if no one else is going to serve, I’d be glad to try.”. MLK Jr. Civil Disobedience Henry David Thoreau Mass Demonstrations Philip Randolph

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martin luther king jr
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott
    • Montgomery Improvement Association
      • “Well, I’m not sure I’m the right person for the position, but if no one else is going to serve, I’d be glad to try.”
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MLK Jr.
  • Civil Disobedience
    • Henry David Thoreau
  • Mass Demonstrations
    • Philip Randolph
  • Advocates non-violent protest
    • Mohandas Gandhi
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“There comes a time when people get tired of being trampled over by the iron feet of oppression… I want it to be known – that we’re going to work with grim and bold determination – to gain justice on buses in this city. And we are not wrong… If we are wrong – the Supreme Court of this nation is wrong. If we are wrong - God Almighty is wrong… If we are wrong – Justice is a lie.”

    • MLK Jr.
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“We will not hate you, but we cannot… obey your unjust laws… We will soon wear you down by our capacity to suffer. And in winning our freedom, we will so appeal to your heart and conscience that we will win in the process.”

    • MLK Jr.
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SCLC
  • Southern Christian Leadership Conference
    • 1957
    • King and other civil rights leaders
  • Used churches as basses for demonstrations
  • Branches spread throughout south
  • MLK’s ideals spread to other groups
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March on Washington
  • August 28, 1963
  • Gather to persuade Congress to pass civil rights bill
  • 250,000 – 75,000 white
  • I Have a Dream
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Civil Rights Acts
  • 1957
    • Civil Rights section of Justice Dept.
    • Court injunction against interference with the right to vote
    • Civil Rights Commission
      • Investigate and make recommendations for corrections
    • First Federal legislature since Reconstruction
    • Whittled down by Dixiecrats
    • Signaled growing federal commitment!
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Civil Rights Acts
  • 1964
    • Initially proposed by Kennedy…
    • Outlawed major forms of discrimination
    • Ended unequal application of voter registration
    • Ended segregation in schools, workplace and public
    • Initially enforcement power were weak
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Civil Rights Acts
  • 1965 – Voting Rights Acts of 1965
    • Prohibits discrimination in voting
      • Prohibits "voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure ... to deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color.”
  • Enforcement power