Compare And Contrast Malcolm X And Martin Luther King

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Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr were both strong leaders of the civil rights moment that cast down discrimination and oppression of African Americans. Malcolm X put this into action through encouraging people to use equal force against vicious oppression. Dr. King had a different approach by encouraging nonviolence. This Period of time was overwhelmed by discrimination and the Jim Crow laws which segregated blacks and stopped them from having the freedom in which whites had. To encourage political and social change, Malcolm X and Dr. King both wanted the same opportunities and quality of life that the whites had, for black Americans. Both leaders applied very different aims to reach their goals which is seen through not only there past lives and experiences but also their personalities and leadership quality. Malcolm X encouraged Blacks to use violence and fight back against the white oppressors unlike Dr. King who was the inventor of non-violent protests. Even though they both fought for the same goal and end result of freedom and equality, Malcolm X and Dr. King were very diverse leaders with distinctive leadership styles.

Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X were quite different African American leaders with very different experiences and leadership qualities. As explained by O’Donnell, “socio-cultural circumstances and conditions” of Malcolm X and Dr. King helped shaped these individuals, (O’Donnell 2012). Dr. King was known and acknowledged for his charismatic leadership qualities and how he took a position for non-violence. Dr. King grew up in a warm and loving home in a middle class community with other Blacks. He lived in a two parent home and was the son of a successful minister. He was supported by his parents and given a good education earning a Doctorate degree in 1955 (Gibbs, 2008). Unlike Malcolm X who had a significantly different up-bringing. At a young age he lost his father. His father was also a minister but was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan (Gibbs, 2008) because of this, his mother went into a bad depression where she could no longer provide for her children which lead to Malcolm becoming an orphan. He grew up in foster care and poverty, he was moved from home to home and had no
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