Compare And Contrast Martin Luther King And Malcolm X

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During the 1960’s the Civil Rights Movement was at its peak, being headed by, arguably, two of the most recognizable faces in American history, Dr. Martin Luther king Jr. and Malcolm X. Rallying the Nation to action, rhetoric is effectively implemented in a “Letter from Birmingham Jail" and “The Ballot or the Bullet”. Martin Luther king Jr. and Malcolm X both use rhetoric to successfully call the reader to action, in ending segregation, that should have been taken yesterday.
To start off, the author in each piece informs of and encourages the action taken to obtain the same goal of ending segregation. As far as the type of action goes, both Martin Luther king Jr. and Malcolm X implement the use of direct action; whether through protests or voting, they preferred a peaceful solution. However, the means actually taken by Martin Luther king Jr. differ immensely than those of Malcolm X. In a “Letter from Birmingham Jail” Martin Luther king Jr. uses logic, appealing to the reader and encouraging them to take the peaceful action outlined in his campaign, saying that, “In any nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: collection of the facts to determine whether injustices exist; negotiation; self purification; and direct action. ” going on to bluntly state “Having aided in this community need, we felt that our direct action program could be delayed no longer.”
Malcolm X on the other hand encourages a course of action through “The Ballot or the Bullet” and through “...action
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