This article focuses almost exclusively on two of the groups involved in the Civil Rights Movement throughout the 1960's-- the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)-- but it also points out that there were many others. THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE TO UNDERSTAND. The SNCC and the SCLC were two that primarily resided in the traditional South and had high visibility. Some of the members of the SNCC (like Stokely Carmichael) eventually made their way as foundational members of the Black Panther Party, and later to other organizations. And that's only a few groups out of many.
Here's the thing: The image of the Civil Rights Movement as a stoic gathering of solemn folks in Sunday finery is a revisionist myth that only serves to demonize people of color.
I don't say the above to point out a tactic that needs resisting. You can't resist it. It's already worked its magic on the US as a whole for more than 40 years now. You can't say "Civil Rights Movement" without imaging Dr. King speaking in his preacher's cadence and solemn tones. You don't imagine nonviolent protest as something intentionally set up to annoy and inconvenience the public, you imagine it as a group singing "We Shall Overcome" in a public park or walking down the street that's been blocked off by police (with all the proper permits, I'm sure). You don't need help to think of the people in the Civil Rights Movement as "good" people who talked calmly and intelligently and with reverent patience in order to calmly fight the evils of racism.
The reality is that the Civil Rights Movement then was just as diverse and varied as the BLM folks today. And that's okay. It's better than okay, actually-- we need to stop holding on to broken narratives that set unrealistic expectations. If you think I'm being overly dramatic let me give you a high profile example. In the coverage following Travon Martin's shooting, the media managed to dredge up several pics of the teen posing like a hip hop artist and making guesses like "gang signs". There was no sharing that only a few years before being killed, he went to space camp ( http://goo.gl/qK9RRA ) and more resembled a kid you'd see on a network (or CW) television show than you would a hardened criminal. That's not an isolated case, either: Mike Brown got the same treatment, as have many cases before and since. The theme is always the same... "(he or she) was no saint" is the common refrain.
And that's part of the trap: no one has to be a saint to be unjustly treated. That we demand sainthood from people of color before we (as a public) will even bother to listen is a testament to the success of this twisted and deceiving narrative.
But I'm digressing a bit far from the article at this point. Go give it a read for yourself. It's way better written than this post of mine (editing and premeditation beats stream of consciousness almost every time).