Compare And Contrast Malcolm X And Martin Luther King

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Gabriella Rodriguez History 21 Lan History 18 Essay Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. were arguably some of the most important figures in the civil rights era. Malcolm and King had a lot of similar ideas in a way, but also had very different ones.Which is why I believe they shouldn’t be compared as similar to one another. I would like to go over what each of their beliefs and goals were, as well as future goals, and why those two were so important to the movement. Malcolm Little was born in 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. Little’s father was a Baptist Preacher in Nebraska. His father a follower of Marcus Garvey. The family then moved to Lansing, Michigan, because the Klu Klux Klan was making threats to Little’s father. Little dropped out of school in the 8th grade. After dropping out of school he got into trouble. He started to wear zoot suits, and he straightened his hair to appear “white.” When he was 21 he was arrested for burglary and sent to prison. In prison he learned about Elijah Muhammad. Muhammad was the leader of the lost-found nation of Islam. People also refered to it as “Black Muslims”. A quote from history.com states; “Muhammad’s thesis that the white man is the devil with whom blacks cannot live had a strong impact on Malcolm.” This is ultimately where Malcolm's beliefs began. He joined NOI while still in prison and was a member of the group until 1964, when he left to form his own group. Later became a minister of Temple No. 7 in harlem, New York.
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