Similarities And Differences Between Martin Luther King Jr And Malcolm X

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There are two major leaders during the Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcom X. In this paper I will first be looking at each of these two leaders individually including their backgrounds and what they are most well-known for. Then, I will be looking at the similarities and differences between these two famous leaders.
First, Martin Luther King Jr. He was born in January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, GA. His original name was Michael King Jr., after eventually changing it following his father, who also changed his name from Michael King Senior to Martin Luther King Senior, following the famous reformist Martin Luther. Some things Martin Luther King is well known for are the Montgomery Bus Boycott, where he was a co-leader. He was also famous for the “I Have a Dream” speech, which he eventually received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He was also well known for some controversies such as, possible communist ties, and some adultery cases. Eventually Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968 and is still known as one of the most famous Civil Rights Movement leaders in our country, The United States.
On the other hand, Malcolm X was born in May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. He dropped out of school at the age of fifteen and he ended up being sentenced to ten years in prison in 1946 for larceny. His original name was Malcolm Little, though he changed it to Malcolm X, and that was during hid conversion to the Nation of Islam. Some things Malcolm X is well-known for
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