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After the Voting Rights Act and assignation of Martin Luther King Jr., a
more militant tone took hold among many young Black activists. The new
generations of activists were turning to more confrontation with segregation
with protection against violence.
As the days go by more and more blacks were more dawn to the message of
self-defense and black pride, and then non-violence. During this event, many
whites that helped is the past civil rights event, felt unwelcome or were
focusing on protesting the escalating war in Vietnam.
Black Power represented both a conclusions the decade's civil rights
movement and a reaction against the racism that persisted despite the effort of
black activist during the early 1960's.
Malcolm X argued that blacks should focus on improving their own communities
instead of trying to achieve complete integration, and blacks had to react to
violence with violence because it was there right.
The (SNCC) Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee created the
political idea. They were mad, angry, and frustrated with what was happening to
them, and they believed the non-violent approach would not end this
discrimination, violence, and segregation. Many civil rights organization and
whites condemned this idea for its racially separatist message. King wanted
blacks to be proud of their race and appreciate their heritage, but he did not
want to complicate matter by making it worse.
Black Power became even more powerful when the Black Panther Party
advocated it. By the 1970's the rest of the movement died off.