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HUMA 1825 Lecture Notes - Class Discrimination, Totalitarianism, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee


Department
Humanities
Course Code
HUMA 1825
Professor
Neil Braganza

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HUMA 1825 Note 20
Citizen King Notes
- Martin Luther King was a minister
- He always understood that those who were sent had
Birmingham
- There were many problems in that society there were bombings, public
castration
- The violence in Birmingham represented the manifestation of king he was
dealing with a decision that had to do with his own life.
- King was put into solitary confinement, and the clergymen argued that his
arrival wasn’t timely.
o King responded with the letter from the Birmingham jail.
- King injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere whatever affects one
directly, affects all indirectly.
- There were fire hoses and police dog attacks showing exactly how bad the
racism strike
- King recognized the limit enough is too much.
- Birmingham wasn’t only a victim for those Negroes, it was a victory for all
blacks in the American Society.
- After the “I have a dream” speech, there was a bombing of the Birmingham
church, killing four young girls.
Significant of the March
- The black business community said that Birmingham was too tough, and
wanted to call the origin movement off
- The energy of the room was originally the question of what King should have
done
- They have to remember that the march was held by preachers the
significance was that the preachers had to leave the church
- King wore blue jeans to represent how we was willing to go to jail for the
march.
- The march was the first time when King consciously chose the path of
suffering it was the only thing that could recipe the gamble
o This was necessary for the further development of confronting the
issue.
I have a dream speech
- Even though he talked about doing serious things in Birmingham, King’s
speech took the fear out of the people
- Instead of honouring the sacred obligation, American has caused racism to
the negro community
- The speech spoke to the hopes and dream of most Americans
o People didn’t want segregation, but America was prepared to listen to
the “American dream”

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- People took the “American dream” as a means to relating his theory of social
justice.
J Edgar Hoover
- He always spilled poison about
- He was the original director of the internal justice investigation
- He was the great bulwark of what people feared bombs, robbers, etc.
- King was threatening to Hoover, and Hoover had a pathological hatred of
black people he couldn’t stand King.
o He asked for the permission of Kennedy to put King on tapped phones,
he accused King of being a communist
- It was the Hoover mentality and Hoover rationale that pushed King to move
forward.
- It was a signal of pressure from the FBI to the campaign
Civil Rights At of 1964
- It makes all people work to the home, and eliminate the last distances of
injustice in America
- This day would fulfill the wishes of the black people one day the
government said that hatred wasn’t right and would stop it.
The Nobel Peace Prize
- This was an inspiration to him as a sign that the message of the civil rights
movement was a message to the whole world
- It vindicates the controversy on which he had he criticized items, which
people hatred, etc.
- Martin didn’t shout for joy, he looked at it as a faith in American and a faith in
the mankind.
- This award is recognition that nonviolence is the answer to the political
nature of our lives without resorting to violence and hatred.
Voting Rights Act
- The March was for the purpose that everyone should have had the right to
vote
- The people needed to march, but the police lined up to protest the march,
and eventually overthrew the people in taking prevented measures
- They had no alternative but to keep moving with determination they’ve
gone too far to go back.
o They’re moving and they could not afford to stop because Alabama
had “a date with destiny”
- At the march the blacks started to pray. At the end of the prayer the road
police separated and cleared a path for people to march.
o There was a precession going round and back over the bridge.
- People who came south on the march were angry because people got beat up
King’s judgment was that the winning the right to vote was more important
to go into the courts for the judgments, instead of attacking
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