What connection did the american civil rights movement have to the struggle for human rights in other areas of the world?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The American Civil Rights Movement helped to spur a nationalistic movement in different parts of the world that emphasized a transformation of the allocation of power.  I would say that leaders like Malcolm X were really quite instrumental in this with their ideas that those in places such as Africa with newly liberated nations from centuries of colonial rule had every right to advocate for their rights as people of color against a hierarchy that featured Caucasian individuals as the primary brokers of power.  The Civil Rights Movement helped to bring the issue of race and color in relation to power into a better context.  It is a reflection of the time period.  When Muhammed Ali resists being drafted into the Vietnam War with his line, "I ain't got no quarrel with them Viet Cong," it helps to bring out the reality that a sense of solidarity amongst people of color throughout the world should be evident.  Ali's stance, a direct statement from the Civil Rights Movement, brought to light that the spirit of struggle that was such a part of the American movement can extend to all people of color throughout the world who are struggling for their idea of both civil and human rights.