Could someone give me some names of who formed the Civil Rights Movement pleaseI need to get some names of people who formed the civil rights movement, I know it was formed so blacks could have the...

Could someone give me some names of who formed the Civil Rights Movement please

I need to get some names of people who formed the civil rights movement, I know it was formed so blacks could have the same equal rights as white people.  I'm doing a big paper on racism in the United States

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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The first post is a great list, and it's difficult to compile a universal or complete list because the movement originated and continued with so many people, but in addition to those listed above, you might also consider the impact of the following people on the evolution of Civil Rights:

1)  Frederick Douglass -- instrumental in abolition, but most people forget about his efforts securing a black suffrage amendment, and citizenship for former slaves.

2)  W.E.B. DuBois - student of Booker T. Washington and socialist who advocated immediate equality and resistance to Jim Crow legislation.  He founded the NAACP and led the Niagara Movement.

3)  Medgar Evers - Some call him the Martin Luther King of Mississippi, but he was more active early on in the movement before King became a national figure, and paid for it with his life as well.

4)  Malcolm X - He often gets overlooked in terms of the movement because he did not initially believe in civil disobedience tactics like King and others.  But he represented and spoke for a large number of African-Americans that did not fit into the so-called mainstream of the movement, and associated more with the separatist stance of the Nation of Islam and Elijah Mohammed.

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First off, let me say that it is important that we remember that the people who really formed the Civil Rights Movement are a bunch of faceless, nameless people completely forgotten by history.  Without all the people who went out and demonstrated, who got bitten by police dogs and sprayed with fire hoses, the "leaders" would not be remembered either.  That said, here are some important names:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Rosa Parks for being the person who was most directly involved in starting the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
  • Thurgood Marshall for being a major leader in creating the litigation strategy that led to the Brown v. Board of Education decision.
  • Charles Hamilton Houston for the same reason as Thurgood Marshall.
  • You might go farther back and look at WEB DuBois or A. Phillip Randolph as people who were laying the groundwork for black rights long before the issue really made it on the national scene.

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