Every man’s question is “am I good enough?”, “am I a man?”. During the civil rights movement in the 1950s and’60s in the US, some of the banners that people would carry during their marches proclaimed ‘I am a man!’ Why? What does publicly affirming your manliness have to do with civil rights? Well, quite a lot really. For years black men in the US had been called ‘boy’, which for them was yet another degrading term which depicted them as inferior to the white man.