Martin Luther King and Malcolm X

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X Differences

Throughout the Civil Rights Movements we had seen many leaders emerged that address many changes of what we have today and captured the attention of America and the whole world, especially in terms of racism. During the Civil Rights Movements those leaders used different tactics to overcome the equal justice that they wanted to achieved. Every time we hear Civil Rights Movements leader, majority of people say Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., yet another prominent leader during those time who took different path with King was Malcolm X. These two leaders worked determinedly to fight against inequality and injustice that eventually paid for their devotion with their very own lives. They both had common goals; however they were both different men with different tactics and philosophies in achieving their common goals. These events happened in the 1950’s and 1960’s

Black Americans in 1950’s and 1960’s wanted to band segregation and have equality both in the eyes of America and especially in social systems. Examples of these events are the Montgomery Bus Boycott, sit-ins and March on Washington, and other abundant protest in America’s history. These movements required strong leadership and strong speeches to inspire and persuade, and assembles large group of black Americans to fight for their equality, justice and the right vote. Malcolm X and King may share common goal but they both choose completely different path in achieving their common goal. King chose the non-violent protest and civil disobedience as means of social changes, while Malcolm on the other hand demanded immediate and concrete improvements “by means necessary” which means used of violence or aggressive actions toward the movement. Malcolm and King’s differences was not just in ways of achieving equal rights but also their personal lives as they grew up. King’s appeal were more in American middle-class values while Malcolm X by...