Comparison Of Martin Luther King Jr. And Malcolm X

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Jacob Everson College composition Comparison of Martin Luther King Jr. to Malcolm X During the civil rights movement there were two key leaders in the black community, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. So often these two are compared and so often people come to the conclusion that they were for the same thing, but went about achieving it in different ways. This however, is not the case, Martin and Malcolm were two very different people with two very different ideologies, and had many different distinctions and characteristics that made one, a leader for equality and justice and another for revenge and supremacy. In 1955 the African American Civil Rights Movement begun, from this emerged two leaders for the black community, Martin…show more content…
He was viewed as a racist radical black supremacist and was about revenge and so called justice for the black community. He viewed violence as a just and necessary means to be successful with his plans. Both men's purpose in life was to gain rights for the black people, but they did this in very separate ways. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X grew up in very different worlds. Martin was raised in a comfortable middle-class family where education was very important. On the other hand, Malcolm came from and poor dysfunctional home, lacking in guidance and structure. Because of this Malcolm taught himself most of everything he learned, and received little schooling. His success was due to his own intelligence and determination, not that of outside influences. Martin Luther King was born into a family who was well known in the Atlanta area. Despite all of the segregation at the time, Martin Luther King’s parents made sure that he was safe and content. Malcolm was born in 1925, in the Depression era, and was raised in a completely different atmosphere than Martin, an atmosphere of fear and…show more content…
However, they also had many differences that people admired, both in belief and speech. Malcolm, in many ways, was known to many as an extremist or radical. For most of the time that he spent as an Islamic minister, he preached about separatism between blacks and whites. He also preached about black nationalism, and as some would call it, black supremacy. Martin on the other hand taught an ideology of love and unity. As quoted after a trip to India where he met with Gandhi he said, "Since being in India, I am more convinced than ever before that the method of nonviolent resistance is the most potent weapon available to oppressed people in their struggle for justice and human dignity. In a real sense, Mahatma Gandhi embodied in his life certain universal principles that are inherent in the moral structure of the universe, and these principles are as inescapable as the law of gravitation." (Wikipedia) Martin used this ideology as a base for his movement and the way to go about it. From this he worked toward his dream, a dream which was for a world without segregation and equality amongst the races. His fight was for rights and fairness, and this strategy ultimately took a hold and

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