Violent activities during the 1950s and 1960s

From the early 1960s onwards, divisions started to appear in the civil rights movement. There were several reasons for this:

  • Martin Luther King began to doubt whether non-violent protests were worth the risk of human life.
  • Efforts to end discrimination in the southern states had been successful.
  • Many northern black people were attracted by a more aggressive approach to achieving equality.

The video below shows a black teenager, James Cross take a walk around Harlem and describe what its like living there in 1964.