Dreams of War and Peace: The Civil Rights Movement

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“I have 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.’” This quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech basically sums up the entire Civil Rights Movement. Not all people know that there wasn’t just one major Civil Rights leader. Although Americans study MLK more today, there were several other Civil Rights leaders, none more famous than Malcolm X or known by his Islamic name El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. MLK and Malcolm X had almost completely opposite methods of achieving their dream, for blacks to be treated equally. MLK believed that it could only be achieved by non-violent protest, while Malcolm X used violent protest. Malcolm X and MLK protested in a very different style, both of which were very successful; however, MLK was more successful in his protests. Firstly, MLK and Malcolm X were a lot alike. Both had a similar vision of a future of blacks and whites together. However, MLK approached the Civil Rights Movement preaching non-violent civil disobedience. While Malcolm X believed that violence was the only way to get their equality. MLK also believed that blacks and whites should be totally desegregated, and Malcolm X thought that blacks and whites should remain segregated, but whites should not control everything blacks do (Boelstler). People usually believe that Malcolm X and his followers just attacked racist whites, but this is not true. Malcolm X and his group only used violence when they were attacked by angry whites during their protests. MLK and his followers never used violence, and still were punished as they had committed a serious crime. Even when MLK’s followers were brutally ... ... middle of paper ... ...alcolm X made some very big movements during the movement, but just did not touch as many Americans in need or led huge rallies like MLK did. That is why when the average American thinks about the Civil Rights Movement, they think about Dr. Martin Luther King JR. Works Cited Boelstler, Melissa. "MLK vs. Malcolm X." Life Examinations. N.p., 6 Mar. 2011. Web. 23 Apr. 2014. . Simon, John J. “Malcolm X—His Legacy.” ProQuest sirs. N.p., Feb. 2005. Web. 28 Apr. 2014. "Martin Luther King Jr." History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 14 May 2014. .
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