Borgerrettighedsbevægelsen - et historisk narrativ

Jesper Pedersen, Christoffer Mose, Adam Posselt, Tobias Nielsen, Charlotte Munro, Simon Nielsen & Isabella Pawrup

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project examines the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X in their fight for justice for the African American population in the USA in the 1950’s and 60’s. Through the project we have accounted for their lives and their different approaches to the Civil Rights Movement through two biographies, an Autobiography “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” by Malcolm X and Alex Haley and a biography about Martin Luther King Jr. “Let the Trumpet Sound” written by Stephen B. Oates. We have used a historical and a narrative analysis to get the most thorough analysis of the two biographies this approach has allowed us to illuminate the essential ideologies represented in the biographies and how Martin Luther King Jr.’s and Malcolm X’s lives have had an impact on their ideologies and their religious standings. These attitudes affected and formed the basis of the Civil Rights Movement as a whole. The narrative analysis has been produced by using the concepts from the theories presented by Hayden White as seen in his book “Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe” and the theories by Seymour Chatman seen in his book “Story and discourse: Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film”. In conclusion the project analysis has clarified the use of a narrative as a meaning-bearing vessel in both biographies. We have also concluded that these can give us insight into the minds of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. by expounding their perception of the society in the USA in the 1950’s and 60’s.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2014
VejledereLars Jensen


  • Discourse
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Narrative
  • Borgerrettighedsbevægelsen
  • Metahistory
  • Malcolm X
  • Hayden White
  • Tropes
  • Seymour Chatman
  • Martin Luther King Jr.