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POSC 150: The Political Thought of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. & the American Civil Rights Movement

What justifies self-defense and retaliation in defending civil rights and liberty? What moral reasoning and strategies offer alternatives to using physical violence in a social movement to gain civil rights? Our seminar examines the American Civil Rights Movement 1954 and 1968, and compares the writings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X to learn about nonviolent direct action, self-defense, and the use of "any means necessary" to right the wrongs of racial injustice.
6 credits; SI, IDS; Offered Fall 2021; B. Allen