Civil Rights Activists: Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X, and Huey Newton

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American icon and former civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." This quote speaks volumes about the message that he is trying to convey towards society regarding racism. He is basically saying not to judge others just because of their skin color, but love them for who they are. We should not be too quick to judge others, and work to remove our own flaws. As a society, we should examine one based on "the content of their character." This quote is very significant and relevant to the topic, who was the most effective civil rights leader, …show more content…
Their main goal was to patrol the streets of Oakland against police brutality. They also advocated African Americans using firearms, believing in violence to bring about social change. In addition, Newton was key in the creation of a breakfast program that fed children of the local community. "In 1989, he was convicted of embezzling funds from a school run by the Black Panthers, supposedly to support his alcohol and drug addictions"(quote from print source). Newton had many other encounters with the law including a killing of an Oakland police officer. His life ended in a drug deal that went bad in 1989. Throughout Newton's life he had some high points and low points that, overall, shaped the impression he would make on the African American community. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man who believed in social and racial equality. Throughout his life he has proved to be a leader who stood out in the crowd, willing to sacrifice his life to achieve his dream; thinking of others before himself. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia, being the middle child of Michael King Sr. and Alberta Williams King. Martin Luther King Jr. was quickly aware at a young age of the racial segregation throughout his community in the south. This eventually aided him well knowing

what to expect from society and how to handle the discrimination. His schooling began at a very young age, due to his mother being a teacher who taught him
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