As the month comes to an end, I am including everyone I can before black history month is over. “The Big Six” is a group of men who were in charge of the civil rights movement. These activists included “Martin Luther King Jr, James Farmer, John Lewis, A. Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins, and Whitney Young”. John Lewis was the last living member before his passing last year.
These men are the ones who started the “March on Washington For Jobs and Freedom”. This is where Martin Luther King gave the speech that changed history forever. He delivered his iconic “I have a dream speech”. I wonder if they would use the word iconic or another word. This march included well over 250,000 people and most of them were black.
James Farmer was the one who started the congress of racial equality better known as core. He is extremely important because he was the one who taught people to protest nonviolent. He taught the sit-ins and the freedom rides. I know that the sit-ins were to make a statement, which it did. I just don’t think I could do it. I have low tolerance and one thing can set me off. They would really have to train me because I would be untrainable (lol).
John Lewis, one of the original freedom riders and the youngest member played an important role. He was the president of the student nonviolent coordinating committee and he was the district of Georgia.
A. Philip Randolph focused on the labor movement in the civil rights. He started the brotherhood of sleeping car porters. He was important because his movement cause the integration of war industries. That was important because his goal was to integrate blacks who worked for those companies.
Roy Wilkins was a spokes person for the civil rights movement. He was apart of the march on Washington, Selma march, and the march against fear. He was also an executive director in the NAACP.
Whitney Young fought to end discrimination in the employment field. He wanted everyone to be free which should be the case, but those people were crazy back then, so these leaders had to work extra hard.
Every last one of these men played an important role. They each had their own ideas and created something big. You can definitely say that everyone’s ideas worked out because they got their point across. They each were leaders and they all were a key factor in the civil rights movement. They will all be remembered.