Comment: Was it non-violence or violence...

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Was it non-violence or violence...

...which brought about the changes during the civil right era?

Answer: BOTH.

the non-violent movement of MLK Jr. with the stark contrast of the government violence they were received with played on the morality of the nation, and forced people to look deeper.

There were also the Black Panthers, some might say they had a hand too in being the counter point to MLK's non-violent movement - something frightful which made many want to embrace MLK all the more.

One thing which is for certain, it wasn't an act of congress passing a bill which forced America to desegregate, it was activism.