Martin Luther King: Leadership And Influence Of The Civil Rights Movement

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The Civil Rights Movement between the 1950’s and 1960’s was a mass mobilization and unification of people from varying backgrounds fighting for equal rights and equal opportunity for Black Americans. Black male leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. preached about equality and challenged people to consider racial social injustices within society. The leadership qualities and influence of Dr. King are undeniable. His rhetoric united Black America and identified their entitlement to the principles embodied in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Dr. King’s inspiring speech for Blacks to “one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character”, motivated Black…show more content…
The gender hierarchy within the Black community was based on male leadership within the power of the church. Influential Black male ministers like Martin Luther King Jr. and other influential male leaders are typically credited and recognized for the successes of the Civil Rights Movement. The role of the church was invaluable to male leaders as it provided an opportunity to preach racial empowerment. Many of the notable Civil Rights organizations such as the SNCC, the Congress of Racial Equality, and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party were rooted in Christian values and ideology. A Black women activist noted that “a lot comes from the traditions of the church and the male minister as the leader, the person whom you’re supposed to obey.” The traditional gender roles and values therefore prevented Black women from becoming ministers, deacons, or heads of the Southern Baptist church. Black men had an inherent belief that “no one would follow a woman”. Social constructs based on the traditional system of patriarchy were established to keep women in inferior
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