Comparison Between Martin Luther King Jr. And Malcolm X

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A Comparison between Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X

Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X grew up in two completely different environments. Martin Luther King Jr. was raised by a comfortable middle-class family where he was educated well. On the other hand, Malcolm X came from an underprivileged home. Malcolm X was a self-taught man who received little schooling and applied his own intelligence and determination to rise to greatness. Martin Luther King was born into a family whose name in Atlanta was well established. Despite segregation, Martin Luther King's parents ensured that their child’s future was secure and happy. Malcolm X (Malcolm Little) was born in Omaha; Nebraska. He was raised in a completely... View More »

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On the other hand Malcolm X believed that non-violence and integration was a trick by the whites to keep blacks in their places. He was furious at white racism and encouraged his followers through his speeches to rise up and protest against their white Americans. Malcolm X and Martin Luther King's childhoods had powerful influences on both of them and their speeches.

Near the end of their lives, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X's beliefs became more similar. Malcolm X now emphasised unity and change through black pride and respect for oneself rather than through hate and revenge. Martin Luther King Jr, on the other hand, became somewhat angry at the lack of progress made on equality. He started promoting non-violent sabotage, which included blocking the normal functioning of the government. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X were heroes of the Civil Rights Movement. However, I believe that Martin Luther King Jr. was more negative, while Malcolm X was more positive about separatism for most of his life. Later on in their lives, they had taken the opposite roles and changed. The speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X reflected on both men's visions on improving America. Both men believed that if blacks were to attain freedom, they first needed to achieve self-respect. However, Malcolm X's speeches were delivered in a radical tone which could provoke his listeners to hatred of white Americans. Malcolm X used direct and to the point language which could be understood by all levels of society. Martin Luther King Jr was equally a strong speaker. However ...

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