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The response must move the discussion forward, introduce a new topic, or respond to a topic another student introduced The responses below are to the following question “ – Martin Luther King Jr. changed his strategies in the late 1960s; as a result, he lost the support of the NAACP. Why?” Please respond in at least 50-75 words to each of the statements made below Re: Topic 5 DQ 1 Statement 1) Martin Luther King Jr. was a proud supporter of nonviolence and for there to be integration everywhere. He was successful in the south with his nonviolent protests, but it was not working in the north. He failed at integrating Chicago. Instead of focusing on protesting integration, he began to focus on protesting the Vietnam War. This did not go over well and caused him to lose the support of President Johnson and the NAACP. He was protesting the Vietnam War because it was taking funds away that could have been used for Civil rights and Great Society reforms (Moss & Thomas, 2013). His changing tactics and losing allies eventually led to his poor people campaign in Memphis. Unfortunately, this is where Dr. King was shot and murdered. Statement 2) The NAACP or the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was a civil rights organization founded in 1909. During Martin Luther King Jr.’s time of being a leader of civil rights movement one thing specifically happened that led to even President Johnson no longer supporting Martin Luther King’s mission. After the United States became involved with the Vietnam War, Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech regarding his opposition to America’s involvement. Due to Martin Luther King’s speech many began to question him. Even President Johnson said Martin Luther King was ungrateful and completely changed from supporting his mission to calling him racial slurs. Statement 3) The big reason he lost his support from the NAACP was because he was so vocal about opposing the war. They did not feel that he should link civil rights directly to the war (DeBerry, 2014). His open opposition about Vietnam alienated him from the president as well. His strategies that worked for desegregation in the south did not work so well in the north, mainly Chicago. The response must move the discussion forward, introduce a new topic, or respond to a topic another student introduced. The responses below are to the following question “Compare the feminist consciousness of the early 1960s to social reality. What contributed to the change that occurred in the late 1960s to that relationship?” Please respond in at least 50-75 words to each of the statements made below Re: Topic 5 DQ 2 Statement 4 ) In the early 1960s white middle-class married women began to work outside the home. They were going back to college and working full-time jobs yet socially they were not seen as equal to their male partners. They were paid only 61% of what men made. Women thought their inequality was due to a personal problem, not a women’s problem. Society did not recognize gender equality at the time. Women began to attend civil rights demonstrations, realizing that black demands were the same as demands for women. Women demanded to have equal pay for equal work and the same access to schools and occupations. It was the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and a powerful representative from Michigan, who pushed to bar discrimination based on sex, religion, and national organization (Moss & Thomas, 2013). Statement 5 ) In the early 1960s the women’s movement were starting to join the civil rights movements and show up to rallies and events. The very much felt they were part of a group that belonged in this movement. They felt connected to the black community with their need to be heard and taken seriously. Sexual discrimination was a serious issue that needed to be addressed. The organization EEOC was not able to enforce the sexual discrimination issue in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Moss & Thomas, 2013). This momentum changed when some activists formed the group NOW, the National Organization for Women. This organization put their foot down and pursued areas such as hiring with no sexual discrimination seriously. This was considered to be the rebirth of the women’s rights movement. Statement 6 ) While the roles of women began transforming during WWII, by the end of the war era, women were expected to fall back into their domestic roles. This changed somewhat in the late 50’s as more women began entering the workforce. By the 60’s women who were working, were making significantly less than their male counterparts and were still very much considered lesser than men. Referred to as the “backbone” of the feminist movement, consciousness-raising groups were a grassroots revolution as they encouraged personal storytelling to highlight sexism in society and used the power of the group to provide support and solutions for change (Napikoski, 2019). Protests by women’s liberation groups contributed to this change as did the fight for womens rights to govern their own bodies and inclusion in the work place. Napikoski, L. (2019). The Womens Movement and Feminist Activism in the 1960’s. ThoughtCo. Retreived from

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