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Compare and Contrast Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.

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Marguerite Dube

on 31 January 2014

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Transcript of Compare and Contrast Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.

Compare and Contrast Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.
Martin Luther King
Jr. was born on
January 15th, 1929.
Malcolm X was
born on May 19th,
Both Martin Luther King Jr. and
Malcolm X were Civil Right
Activist and Ministers

Martin Luther King was a very good statesman who delivered moving speeches about peace, freedom and democracy.
Martin Luther King's
"I Have a Dream" Speech
Malcolm X was a known eradicator of those who were not of the superior white race.
The differences of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X may come from their childhoods.
Martin was very educated, while the latter was self-taught after what little schooling he had received. Martin Luther King actually came from a family who was well known in their area of Atlanta, while Malcolm X was unknown.
Malcolm X was someone who early on experienced anger over watching his house being burned followed by his father being murdered. His mother then suffered a breakdown and this resulted into his family being split up.

Differences in Childhood
Some Similarities in Speeches and Acting in the Civil rights movement
- They Both struggled for the civil rights of African Americans in the U.S in the 1960s
- Both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King spread their message through powerful, hard-hitting speeches. (Even though their intentions were delivered in different styles and for different purposes.)
- Many admired Malcolm X and Martin Luther King for the way that they preached.
- Both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X promoted self-knowledge and respect for one’s history and culture as the basis for Unity.
- Malcolm X and Martin Luther King are both remembered as leaders who fought for a difference in African-Americans.
- They both tried to bring hope to blacks in the United States.
- King was a man of peace and hope.

- X was a man of violence and less reason.
Differences in Speeches and Acting in the Civil Rights Movement
During the 1960’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X represented two sides of the Civil Rights Movement. Speaking to all of humanity, Dr. King made these famous peaceful words, “I have a dream, a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal”. Malcolm X spoke of a violent revolution by claiming, “If it’s necessary to form a Black Nationalist army, we’ll form a Black Nationalist army. It’ll be the ballot or the bullet. It’ll be liberty or it’ll be death”.
These two inspirational leaders were fighting for the same cause; equal rights for black Americans. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X had very different beliefs and tangible differences in the actions of their followers in how to achieve equal rights for black Americans. Dr. Martin Luther King was fighting for a color-blind society where people would be judged and valued on their skills and characters rather than the color of their skin. Malcolm X, on the other hand, was fighting in favor of a separate black nation, instead of integration of all races. Dr. Martin Luther King preached non-violent means of expression and actions that he believed were the most effective method to achieve the goal of equality.

Malcolm X died Feburary
21, 1965

Martin Luther King Jr.
died April 4, 1968

Martin Luther King Assassination News
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