Thursday, April 10, 2014
Direct action happens when a group of people take an action which is intended to reveal an existing problem. This can include nonviolent and less violent activities that protest against people of the direct action. Examples of non-violent direct action can include sit-ins or strikes. Martin Luther King Jr. was known famously for his strong belief in non-violent direct action. What was memorable and awful was how hard they hit the kids in Nashville during the sit-in. I knew they were beat but not that ruthlessly and by so many people. The kid was completely helpless and was still getting pounded on. There were many good sources in the movie but I liked Diana Nash and when she talked about how proud she was when her group was arrested and the second group of students sat down without hesitation. I was inspired by her passion for the sit-in and she was very happy about it too. So much can be learned from the actions of people during the civil rights movement. There are holidays after well know people during the civil rights movement, MLK day, and that show how important their work was to America. I thought the documentary was an eye opening video and really liked how they had interviews because I had never seen videos from that time.
Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. His mom, Louise Norton Little, was a stay at home mom and took care of eight children. His father, Earl Little, was a Baptist minister and avid supporter of Black Nationalist leader Marcus Garvey. Earl's civil rights protests were answered with death threats from the white supremacist which forced the family to relocate twice before Malcolm's fourth birthday.