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After reading Tera Hunters book To Joy My Freedom it becomes very obvious that Malcolm X did not originate the belief of by any means necessary African Americans had this mind set from day one of their freedom It was by any means necessary that African American men and women sought out to gain respect and happiness Hunter gives many examples of the methods and strategies used in this pursuit African Americans came together in the south as one large community and fought against injustice Blacks organized protests formed secret societies and trade organizations resorted to leisure activities and migrated to escape the harsh conditions of the south First of all as a means of gaining respect and happiness African Americans protested through strikes One example of a strike involved the laundry workers in Jackson Mississippi The women were fed up with the low wages that they were receiving They complained that the wages were not enough for them to carry on honest and decent lives The present high prices of all the necessaries of life the petition read and the attendant high rates of rent while our wages remain very much reduced made it impossible to live uprightly and honestly75 It was on June 18 1866 that the women decided to take action They put together a letter and formal petition to the mayor The women voiced their opinions in hope that the mayor would help out their cause We present the matter to your honor and hope you will not reject it as the condition of prices call on us to raise our wages75 The outcome of the strike is unknown but it is believed that the achievements are far more important The women showed that they were capable of organizing themselves and presenting fair conditions as a solution to their problem The women were willing to strike in order to gain happiness and respect Another example of protest
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