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- Great Leaders America is a land with leaders who were recognized with very prominent backgrounds during the civil rights period of our history. Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X have dedicated their lives to making America a better place for African Americans. There is a great deal of history surrounding these two individuals. The Civil Rights movement began after the end of World War II. Although, the two men stood for opposite sides taking a different approach to meet a common goal. After the deaths of Martin Luther King Jr.... [tags: Malcolm X, African American, Martin Luther King]
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- Martin Luther King and Malcolm X The past and present African Americans literature must be read In order to understand the idea of being black and free in the United States. Throughout early American Literature freedom and the desire to be free has been written and spoken about by many. People think that any African American person could speak for the whole black community, which is not true. The black community is like any other communities. There are many different opinions and views within the community and among the group.... [tags: Black people, African American, Malcolm X]
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- The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing. The Civil Rights Movement began shortly after the end of World War II. The United States took a big turn with the Supreme Court’s decision in the Brown vs. the Board of Education case. This decision sparked a revolution that forever changed America. Once this movement began, it didn’t stop, there was no turning back and Martin Luther King Jr. realized this while Malcolm X didn‘t. He preached a change that African Americans would grow but only through nonviolence.... [tags: civil rights, mlk, malcolm x, racism]
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- Declaration for Equality Martin Luther King and Malcolm X are known figures who paved the way towards fighting racial discrimination and demanding equality for black people. Despite being freed from slavery 100s of years ago, African-Americans are still considered inferior to white people. Both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X point this out in their speeches as the United States of America’s failure to achieve racial equality. Although finally getting recognition as an American citizen after years of slavery the authority does not put effort in aiding black people to realize the American Dream.... [tags: White people, African American, Black people]
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- Since the dawn of time, there has always existed the concept of good vs evil. Normally, this concept is used to explain two forces battling against each other in order to influence people’s actions. However, these concepts also exist on a realistic level; although the realistic form is based on race rather than morals. Like a recessive gene, black people were suppressed by the dominant gene, white people, in the 1950’s. With the white race oppressing the black race being a colossal dilemma, few people chose to solve it.... [tags: Black people, White people, Race, United Kingdom]
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- During the 1960’s one big problem America faced was the inequality of races, the idea that whites were superior. Many people who wanted social equality formed groups to fight for equality like NAACP, SCLC, SNCC, CORE, and MFDP. There were two leaders who were the most prominent during the Civil Rights movement Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. They both agreed on one thing, that black people deserved better, but their plans on how to achieve it differed. Martin Luther King believed that to achieve this equality we have to all unite.... [tags: White people, Black people, African American]
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- Martin Luther King Jr. And Malcolm X After countless years of inequality and discrimination towards minorities , a day came on July 2,1964 that finally ended the segregation laws within the United States .In the early 1960,s with the presence of racism, discrimination, and segregation in America, many great leaders that had an extraordinary part in ending racial inequality emerged, but it can be argued that Martian Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X were the most influential, as they provided the baseline for modern day America.... [tags: African American, White people]
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- Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. African Americans are fortunate to have leaders who fought for a difference in Black America. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X are two powerful men in particular who brought hope to blacks in the United States. Both preached the same message about Blacks having power and strength in the midst of all the hatred that surrounded them. Even though they shared the same dream of equality for their people, the tactics they implied to make these dreams a reality were very different.... [tags: Malcolm X Luther King Compare Essays]
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- Martin Luther King and Malcolm X During the Civil Rights Movement there were many different kinds of leaders trying to unite the black race and gain equality. Among those leaders, the most prominent and glorified was Martin Luther King.... [tags: Black Leaders Civil Rights]
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On January 15th, 1929, Martin Luther King was born in an Atlanta hospital. Being the son (and grandson) of a respected minister, Martin had an "easy" childhood compared to most blacks during this time period. It was declared that he was well loved by his family and the community, and experienced little to no direct prejudice or racism during his childhood. I believe that the events that lead up to adulthood create and mold an individual in their beliefs and actions as a human. When comparing the two childhoods of King and Malcolm X, one can see the reason for these two individuals to take such different approaches to the same issue. Malcolm's childhood was not as easy as that of the beloved minister's son. At the age of three his house was burned in Omaha and at the age of six his father was killed by a streetcar in Lansing, which had suspicions leading to white supremacists for being the ones involved with the murder. Later in his life while attending school he was asked by his teacher what he wanted to be when he was older. When he replied that he had intentions to be a lawyer, the teacher simply laughed at him and said that it wasn't a realistic goal for a "nigger". After his mother was checked into an insane asylum, he was moved around to foster homes, and eventually lived with his aunt in Boston where he led a life of crime. The drastic differences in these leader's upbringings can account for why they said and did as they did. The single most important aspect of Malcolm X's child hood was that his father was a follower of Marcus Garvey.
The beliefs of Malcolm X and Marcus Garvey are very similar in that they both wanted to unite the black population and revolt against white society. Garveyism, which preached separatism, became one of Malcolm's views when he entered into the Nation of Islam. This religion, founded by Elijah Muhammad, was a religion created for blacks that blamed all of their oppression on the white man. This extreme racist religion captivated the young troubled Malcolm, which led to his rise to becoming a prominent leader. In comparison to other black leaders, Marcus Garvey stood out in my mind because of his powerful and extreme views and methods in leading the black race. Malcolm, during his time in the NOI, preached separatism, and believed that all white men were the devil. The most pertinent view that both of these leaders shared were "Black Nationalism". Black Nationalism was preached by Garvey and the UNIA (Universal Negro Improvement Association) in the early 1920's, and was a political and social movement popularized by Malcolm X in the 1960's. The point of Black Nationalism was to unite blacks and acquire economic power and to create a sense of community and group feeling among the black population. Malcolm was a firm believer that if it was necessary, violence was the best way for change. He states that our entire history had been based on acts of violence, and for the only real change to occur; blacks need unite and defend themselves against the white oppressors. He did not state that his intentions were to be violent to whites but he preached more of a self defense technique. Malcolm X declared that nonviolence was the "philosophy of the fool." This radical approach seemed to fit the same approach that Garvey attempted to lead in the 1920's. Although Garvey had failed in uniting the black race and moving back to Africa, he created a new unorthodox approach which influenced many such as Malcolm X.
Martin Luther King's non violent tactics were criticized by Malcolm and other black leaders for being ineffective. Although not everyone in the civil rights circle agreed with the non violent tactics as the sole technique, King organized and achieved a lot of results from his peaceful protests and acts against segregation. Unlike most leaders before him, being a minister led him to a path of non violent tactics. King's ideals can be compared to a prominent leader, Booker T Washington. Washington preached a philosophy of self-help, racial solidarity and accommodation. He urged blacks to accept discrimination for the time being and felt that the rise of the black race would come through hard work and material prosperity. Both of these men dealt with the rights of blacks, but King was more actively involved in changing the laws, while Washington focused on changing the black race. Although they have some similarities, you can also compare King to another man named W.E.B Dubois. If King was around during the time of Dubois, I feel that he would have agreed with what he was doing. I believe that they were similar in their philosophies on how to change the social and political views of the US. Although Dubois was considered more of a radical, he was more like King in that he wanted to change outside of the system. Kings protests were the perfect example of what Dubois wanted Washington to do. Even though I have refuted my previous argument of them being similar, I feel that they were similar in their views on the non violent techniques and their somewhat accommodations to whites. Also, (like Washington) Kings goals were reasonably attainable, and both of them knew change would not happen overnight.
Both Malcolm X and Dubois stated that King and Washington were puppets for the white race". Malcolm stated once that "King is the best weapon that the white man, who wants to brutalize Negroes, has ever gotten in this country." In these criticisms lies the real comparison between Martin Luther King and Booker T Washington, because they were both felt as traitors to some blacks. Their conformity to the mainstream (white) society and the feeling of ineffectiveness of their approaches are similar in that they both knew that change is gradual. I know that because they were both criticized doesn't necessarily make them similar, but my point is that they both had more of a conservative mentality when compared to the more radical leaders like Dubois and Malcolm X.
The comparison of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X to previous black leaders has shown the reasons behind the differences in the perspectives of King and Malcolm X. Throughout African American history there has been "radical" leaders (Malcolm X) and "reasonable" leaders (MLK) that have tried to advance the black race. In looking at the history of these two types of leaders, both radical and reasonable people are needed for things to change. The Gandhi like views of Martin Luther King of progress through peace, and the Garvey like ideals of Malcolm X and Black Nationalism are all important on achieving what both groups want. It is inevitable that there will be two sides or more on any subject and although these two leaders were very different in their approach, they were both a necessity for uniting the black population and advocating change within their society.