Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay

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Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

African Americans are fortunate to have leaders who fought for a difference in Black America. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X are two powerful men in particular who brought hope to blacks in the United States. Both preached the same message about Blacks having power and strength in the midst of all the hatred that surrounded them. Even though they shared the same dream of equality for their people, the tactics they implied to make these dreams a reality were very different. The background, environment and philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X were largely responsible for the distinctly varying responses to American racism.

The early backgrounds of Malcolm X and
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Death came for King on the evening of April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was to lead a protest march in sympathy with striking garbage workers of that city, he was assassinated (Kete 99). After, death threats and his home being firebombed, X was shot and killed at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem on
February 21, 1965, while preparing to speak. Malcolm X’s despair about life was reflected in his angry, pessimistic belief that equality is impossible because Whites have no moral conscience. This bitterness and hatred toward Whites partially came from Malcolm’s belief that his father was killed by the Klu Klux Klan. Martin Luther King’s close family oriented background influenced his goal for a united nation. It is evident that the backgrounds of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X had great influence on how they delivered their message of equality.

Their unique styles were influenced by the different environments they both grew up in. King was raised in a comfortable middle-class family where education was stressed and dreams and love were generated. Martin was very intelligent in grade school and took his education and soared until he graduated from college with a doctorate degree. On the other hand, Malcolm X came from an underprivileged home. He was a self-taught man who received little schooling and rose to greatness on his own intelligence and determination. Malcolm always made it clear,
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