Political Science | MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., MALCOLM X AND THE POST WWII CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, 1954-1968
Y490 | 13285 | Hanks


Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., are arguably the two major
icons of the modern Post World War II civil rights movement. This
course will examine their ideology and their advocacy based on their
writings, speeches, and the scholarship about them. Special emphasis
will be given to their respective transformations (King lived most of
his public life as a liberal system reformer who later called for
radical changes; Malcolm X lived most of his life as a radical system
detractor who later advocated working within the system for change) as
well as the impact of their legacy on the contemporary struggle for
African American equity. Kings and Xs legacies will be examined in
light of the ascendancy of Barack Obama.
The Course Objectives are as follows:
(1) To provide an introduction to the process of critical thinking
with a focus on fallacious reasoning.
(2) To provide a thorough understanding of the political thought and
actions of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X
(3) To provide a familiarity with the places, events, and
personalities of the civil rights movement.
(4) To enable students to comprehend and apply their knowledge of
King, Malcolm X, and the civil rights movement.
(5) To enable students to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate issues
regarding King, Malcolm X, and the civil rights movement.
(6) To examine the legacies of King and Malcolm X in light of the
ascendancy of Barack Obama.