Essay On Malcolm X And Martin Luther King

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Nha Nguyen ENC 1102 Compare/Contrast Malcolm X vs. Martin Luther King Jr. Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. arguably are two of the most iconic figure in the history of United States. These two great men played a huge part in helping United States achieved the equality and unity that present in nowadays society. Fighting for the civil rights of African American, both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. encountered many similar situations during their journeys, while also had their differences. Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. had been arrested at one point in their life. This period of time though, proved to be critical for both men. Malcolm X founded his motivation to improve his education and it laid the foundation for…show more content…
enjoyed a short life as they both were assassinated during their 30s. Both men coincidentally died at the same age of 39. Malcolm X died on February 21, 1965. He got shot by three men of the Nation of Islam while he was prepared to address the Organization of Afro-American Unity in Manhattan’s Audobon Ballroom. Martin Luther King Jr. died on April 4, 1968. He got shot during his stay at Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, having prepared for a speech in support of the black sanitary public works employees. Religiously, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. followed different sect. Malcolm X followed the teaching of Elijah Muhammad, and joined Islam. Martin Luther King Jr. on the other hand, sticks with his father’s Baptist. Even though both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. fought for civil rights, their ideas and approaches were different. Malcolm X believed in using any mean necessary to achieve rights for African Americans. He did not think that white and black should be integrate as he believes that such action lowers the pride of black and the value of their history. King had a different approach. The man believes in using nonviolent methods to achieve a society where both black and white could live together with equal rights. At latter stage in Malcolm X’s life, he begins to also believe in the integration of white and black after his travel to
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