Differences Between Malcolm X And Martin Luther King

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Tasneem Eisa
Mr. Weatherington
December 14,17
Period 4

During the Civil Rights Movement in the late 1950s and 1960s, two prominent African-American men fought for economical, political and social equality for their race. Even though they were fighting for the same thing, their ideas to attain equality were unusually different. Martin Luther King wanted to a non-violently integrate society; on the other hand Malcolm X thought complete separation was the solution to inequality. Either way both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. were some of the most influencing leaders of the Civil Rights period . With their entrancing passion they were able to bring about change in the black community; their voices rose above many other people and left both whites and blacks in awe. At the time, Martin Luther King’s approach towards education and communication between both races made more sense; however when it came to philosophy, Malcolm X’s path toward philosophy made more sense for America in the 1960’s and created broader support for the Civil Rights Movement. With regard to integration, King’s method of working together was a better choice for America in the 1960’s than Malcolm X’s. King’s approach to gain made more sense because integration would help change Blacks’ and Whites’ opinions of each other; just by working and living with each other they can erase, or at least lessen, racism. Whites would continue to prejudiced against African-Americans unless society was integrated. Malcolm X made it obvious that he believed that the White people and African Americans should remain divided (separate), but should be equal to each other. He told white people “work in conjunction with us-each of us working among our own kind”(Document C). This shows us how Malcolm X had the idea of being separate but equal, which meant black and whites should be given equal rights and opportunities, but shouldn’t interact with each other. Martin Luther King, on the other hand, supported desegregation and equality. He wanted black people and white people to work together. He said in his famous speech, “we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to climb up
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