Martin Luther King and Malcom X Essay

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When people hear the word Civil Rights Movement, two men automatically come to their minds, Martin Luther King
Jr. and Malcolm X. While both these men had very different views and ideas, they also shared similarities. Part of the reason for their different views was because one was in the South and the other was in the North. Martin saw a
Dream that could be fulfilled in the South and Malcolm saw a Nightmare, which would never end in the North. Martin and Malcolm were raised in very different homes. Martin
Luther King Jr. grew up in Atlanta; his family status was that of the middle class, he never experienced poverty or hunger like Malcolm did. Martin was raised in a loving and supporting environment. His parents instilled in
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He also went to Crozer Seminary in
Pennsylvania. His parents also gave him the support he needed to motivate him to stay in school. Going to school was not always easy for either Malcolm or Martin.
Malcolm grew up in Lansing, Michigan, where schools were integrated. At his junior high school, Malcolm frequently heard the words, ""Nigger", "coon", "darkie", and "Rastus." He heard these epithets so often they ceased to be insulting; he thought of them as actual names."1 The name-calling was not the worst of it though. One of the most devastating moments for Malcolm was when he was in the eighth grade. He told his English teacher that he wanted to be a lawyer when he grew up. His teacher's response was that a better career for him might be carpentry. This of course was very insulting and was the main reason why he left school. Although Martin never had to grow up in the integrated North, he did have to go to school in the segregated schools of Montgomery. Martin's experiences with white people when he was young were not bad. He even had a white friend whom he played with until he entered school. After he entered school he, which was all black, he did not have the same kind of exposure to white people as he had had before. It did not really seem to effect Martin that much until the day the parents of his white friend said that he could no longer play with their son. They told Martin the