The Beliefs of Martin Luther King Jr. versus Malcolm X

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The Beliefs of Martin Luther King Jr. versus Malcolm X “I have a dream, that one day little black boys and black girls will join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sister and brother.” (de Kay 75)…Martin Luther King Jr. During the past century, the United States of America has wresled with the problem of inequality between black and white people. Two influential people who helped to combat racism and the inequality of man were Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X had two differentiated approaches to accomplish the same things for black. Both King and Malcolm X started their own organizations, organized rallies, and both gave speeches, but, their beliefs and theories were extreme opposites. Martin Luther King Jr. believed in the teachings of Mohandas Gandhi and peaceful ways through speeches and rallies. Martin Luther King Jr. was also a man of peace and freedom and was the leader of the Christian Leadership Conference. Although Malcolm X also did rallies and speeches, he adopted and studied the teachings of the black Muslim leader, Elijah Muhammad, which led him to result in violence, trying to get blacks the same equal rights as whites. He went from place to place trying to develop racial pride in his black listeners by recognizing the suffering whites caused by blacks. Even though some people may believe in one what while others may believe in others, Martin Luther King Jr.’s philosophy of peaceful ways and positive reasoning so blacks could get the same rights as everyone was much more effective compared to Malcolm X’s philosophy of aggression. Many people thought that Malcolm X’s philosophies became more effective than those of Martin Luther... ... middle of paper ... ... way to obtain equal rights without hurting or killing anyone. Kinowing this, he took into consideration the peaceful rallies and speeches which led him to believe that peace and love among our brothers would combat the racism. Martin Luther King, not only believed in equal rights for everyone, but most importantly, he had a dream. His dream was that one day whites and blacks could live as one in happiness. Winning the Nobel Peace Prize was not important to King. To him, justice was important. (de Kay 104) He called himself a “drum major for justice”. (de Kay 104) Bibliography: Works Cited De Kay, James. Meet Martin Luther King, Jr.. New York; Random House, 1969. Harris, Jacqueline L. Martin Luther King, Jr. New York; Watts, 1983. Hakim, Rita. And The March Toward Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr. Connecticut: The Millbrook Press, 1991.

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