Maybe to us forty somethings the 60's protest seem more real than anything going on today. We don't have any MLK or even a John Lennon singing "Give Peace a Chance." All we seem to have is a bunch of Toby Keith's singing about blowing up the sky red and white and blue.
But we also had the SDS blowing up government buildings and organizing student demonstrations that were intended to become violent as well as the Black Panthers who didn't think MLK's message of peaceful change would ever be effective.
Soz is right, much of the protest movement has been romanticized and idealized. Kicky is right too, there was genuine anger and a drive to make real change. It wasn't romantic, it was downright ugly