Booker T. Washington was one of the most influential African American writer on the issue of racial discrimination and freedom for African Americans. Washington was born in franklin county Virginia, not knowing his father. He described his growing up as the most “miserable, desolate, and discouraging surrounding” (570). In his speeches for freedom, Washington suggested that the best way to ensure progress is for white people to allow people of color to work their way upwards. After his speech, “African Americans embraced Washington as their champion and adopted his autobiography, up from slavery as their guide to better future” (570).
Haley gives the reader a feeling of inspiration and strength because Malcolm X died fighting for what he believed was right for blacks in America and human beings in general. The Autobiography of Malcolm X paints a picture of who Malcolm X was and what racism looked like from the 1920s to the 1960s in America. Alex Haley’s book shows what Malcolm X felt throughout his life. Even though Malcolm X did not have a good life he was still able to use his struggles to try to make things better for people in America. He discussed issues about racism, religion, and politics that were important and controversial during his lifetime.
Wells was an outspoken voice against lynching throughout America and fought against the oppression of men and woman everywhere. Booker T. Washington was one of the last great African American leaders born into slavery. Washington emphasized political means and civil rights along with economic means and self-determination. Washington was the founder of the Tuskegee Normal and the Industrial Institute in 1881, for the development of skilled trade. The Instituted was the largest self-black supported Institution in America at the time.
Washington pushed for Blacks to accept their racial discrimination until they had proven themselves through hard work and self help (PBS.org). It is common to refer to knowledge as power; if you prove to someone that you are intellectually equal or superior there, can be no further debate. That is why Du Bois’ push for higher education and political action were the means to equal citizenship for Blacks in a White supremacist America. Booker T. Washington was born a slave in Virginia in 1865. Washington experienced first hand the atrocities that African-Americans were facing, living an unimaginable childhood in which he did not own a pair of shoes until the age of eight (Moore 16).
Frederick Douglass's Disguised Message Frederick Douglass, a firm believer in equality, was one of the most influential leaders of the abolitionist movement in America. An ex-slave, Douglass pushed for abolition and brought attention to the subject through his commanding speeches and his powerful writings. Among his writings Douglass published his autobiography "Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave" , which is indeed one of his more famous pieces of work. Douglass uses his own life and personal experiences to describe what life was like for a slave at the time. Although seen as a simple autobiography of his life, the text goes deeper with components that would ultimately affect the northern audience's view on southern slaveholders.
His influence can be seen best in his prophetic work “The Souls of Black Folk”, a work which many credit for the inspiration of modern civil rights leaders. In it Du Bois describes the scope of American discrimination, and uses it to predict the formation of ‘black consciousness’ and activism in the future (B., Du Bois W. E. Souls of Black Folk.). Thats not to say there were no points of similarity between Washington and DuBois. Both worked against racially motivated violence and the lynchings African Americans faced in the south. Furthermore, while one of his harshest critics, Du Bois also appreciated and acknowledged many of Washington's accomplishments.
Charles Baldwin Mrs. Sola English December 18, 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. On January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King and Alberta Williams King became the parents of a small child who eventually grew up to be one of the most influential individuals in the country. His name was Michael—better known as Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wanted to convince Americans to join the civil rights cause. While he was doing this, he became one of the most important leaders of the American Civil Rights movement. He encouraged people to disobey laws that were not fair and to accept the punishments for them. He wanted to stand up for the rights of African American people.
which impressed Garrison enough to mention him in The Liberator. (Russell)... ... middle of paper ... ...er, Douglass started to shoot for leadership roles, publishments of books and newspapers, and speaking out to the public due to his reasoning of slavery’s immorality. Though as time went on and he started to object Garrison’s view of action towards abolishing slavery, he continued to play a major role in rights for blacks. Most importantly, having played his type of role, transformed Frederick Douglass from a former slave, to one of the most prominent abolitionst leaders of the Abolitionist movement, even in American history. Work Cited "Frederick Douglass 1818-1895."
Fredrick Douglass When discussing historic dissent, Fredrick Douglass is one who cannot go without mention. A dissentient which had great impact regarding the abolitionist movement and civil rights Douglass is quite possibly one of the greatest influences for contemporary dissentients. Douglass’s belief in equality for all propelled him to fame within his group. The contribution that Douglass had on the civil war and beyond is unmeasurable. This paper will briefly cover the life Douglass’s as a slave illustrated by his own account.
Born in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica, Marcus Garvey was a political leader, journalist, and entrepreneur. A hero to millions of blacks, Garvey was scorned by many of the other leaders and intellectuals over basic questions of leadership. The title “ Africa for the Africans “ was an idea to encourage all the African Americans to leave the United States and return to Africa to develop a strong nation. Garvey target was to aimed blacks everywhere, but achieved his greatest impact in the United States. Marcus Garvey founded one of the most important organizations of the twentieth century, the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA).