Civil Rights Leader

Civil Rights Leader- Research Assignment

For your second writing assignment you are required to write a research paper on a civil rights leader (excluding Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X) .  Your research paper must include the following:  Description of the leaders early life and introduction into the civil rights movement; major contributions to the civil rights movement; how would the leader react to the pressing civil rights issues of today; any specific civil rights cases the leader was actively involved in; what specific methods/strategies were used/implemented by the leader; provide a detailed time line for the leaders activities in the civil rights movement.

Consider the following civil rights leaders:  Assata Shakur, W.E.B. Dubois, Thurgood Marshall, Stokely Carmichael, Elijah Muhammad, Louis Farrakhan, Ida B. Wells, Fannie Lou Hamer, Marcus Garvey, Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, Medgar Evers. You may select an individual not listed, the list is merely suggestive.

Consider the following outline for the major three sections of your paper (intro, body, conclusion)

Section One: What were this leader / organization’s goals?

Explain the goals that your leader / organization fought for.

Explain why these goals were important.

Provide historical context for your leader / organization’s goals.

You may use biographical details to explain why these goals were important to your leader.


Section Two: What were the methods and strategies that this leader / organization used?

Explain the methods and strategies that your leader / organization used.

Provide specific examples of when, where and how these methods were used.

Explain why these strategies were successful or unsuccessful.

You may want to contrast their methods with the methods of competing groups.

(ei: nonviolence vs. self-defense)

Section Three: What were the results that this leader / movement achieved?

Explain the changes or advancements that your leader / organization achieved.

Discuss specific laws, political changes, accomplishments, awards, etc…

Explain how they influenced future generations of Americans and activists.

You may want to include information about how your leader was remembered after their death.

The paper should be written in MLA and a minimum of four pages and a maximum of six pages.  Be sure to review all the requirements for writing in MLA. The paper must include a minimum of 10 sources with five sources being scholarly articles (consider jstor)

This assignment is due by March 1st. Midnight.

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