Malcolm X Essay

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Tasneem Eisa
Mr. Weatherington
U.S. History Honors
14 December 2017

Whose Philosophy Made More Sense For America In The 1960’s?

During the Civil Rights Movement in the late 1950s and 1960s, important 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 integrate non violent 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 . Both men were able to bring change in the black community; their views
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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 for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day” (Document B). It is clear that Malcolm X was only trying to push America backwards while Martin Luther King's was trying to push America forward more into desegregation. The quote reveals to us how Dr. King believed that whites and blacks should work with each other in order to gain equality. King thought that by having whites and blacks communicate together over time the bad rooted thoughts of each side would fade away and both sides will start to realize that they have much in common. King’s idea of integration is very good because he is trying to change the mindset of black and whites unlike Malcolm X who is building the thoughts of separation. That is bad because then the idea will be passed on from parents to kids which will make it harder to change the mindset of those people. Martin Luther King thought integration would lead to peace between both races. Martin Luther King shows us how he wants both races to collaborate together in his speech “The Future Of Integration”, when he said “If we are to make brotherhood a reality, the white man must treat the Negro right, not merely because the law says so, but because it’s natural, because it’s right, and because the Negro is his brother. If the problem is to be solved, men and

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