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When looking back on the Sixties one of the most dominating themes of that period was the Civil Rights Movement The quest for civil rights had been started long ago when the black man was freed from the bonds of slavery Over a hundred years later the problem of blacks being treated as second-class citizens still persisted What could be done to correct the present situation Some both blacks and whites believed that non-violence was the only means to achieve civil rights as Dr Martin Luther King Jr preached Others like Huey Newton of the Black Panthers believed that violence was the only way And lastly some agreed with both ways to achieve this end whatever means guaranteeing civil rights must be taken This last approach is the main focus of this essay Both Stokely Carmichael and Malcolm X were dominant figures of their times Whites as well as some of the moderate black leaders criticized both of them as extremists and racists Certainly their philosophy and approach to dealing with racism was quite different to the prevailing theme of working together with whites within the system Both Carmichael and Malcolm X shared similarities and minor differences in each of their philosophies Most of all the elements of black pride and black militancy manifested themselves in each of their approaches However the stereotypes against these more extremist movements have long trickled down among the generations in a negative light In attempting to unravel the stereotypes of black pride and black militancy an open-minded reading of both Carmichaels Black Power and The Autobiography of Malcolm X unclouded the truth and meaning behind the more radical approaches during the Civil Rights Movement Important in understanding the philosophies of both Carmichael and Malcolm X is each mans background Carmichael was a well-educated individual who attended both the esteemed Bronx High School of Science and Howard University Active in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee SNCC and later chairman of
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