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MLK Discussion



  • Contribute to a class-wide discussion of a secondary source about the contrasting strategies of King and Malcolm X in the Civil Rights Movement

Initial Discussion Post (due Wednesday, 11:59pm)

For this discussion, we will focus on the scholarly article “Violence and/or Nonviolence in the Success of the Civil Rights Movement: The Malcolm X-Martin Luther King, Jr. Nexus” by August H. Nimtz.

For your initial post, answer the following questions:

  1. What is August H. Nimtz’s thesis, or main claim, in his article? Directly quote the sentence(s) from the article that best convey(s) Nimtz’s central argument. Then paraphrase his thesis in your own words.
  2. What kinds of evidence does Nimtz use in the article to support his thesis?
  3. Finally, do you find Nimtz’s argument persuasive? Why or why not?