The Dream and the Ballot or the Bullet

1038 Words Oct 11th, 2013 5 Pages
The Dream and the Ballot or the Bullet
In the 1950s and 1960s in America, the equality of man envisioned by the Declaration of Independence was far from a reality. Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister delivered his famous speech “I Have a Dream” August 28th, 1963 in Washington DC. He is credited with mobilizing supporters of desegregation and prompted the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Malcolm X delivered his famous speech “The Ballot or the Bullet” on April 12th, 1964 in Detroit. Though many people say Malcolm X was violent he made many good key points. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X both helped encourage African Americans, through their tough times.
Accordingly, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X both had individual claims that
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Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York”. He is saying that we should let freedom ring all over the nation to end civil inequality. Another example is when he states “We will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics will be able to join hands. . .”. He is saying that when we let freedom ring we will become one and civil inequality will end. Malcolm X’s solution to civil inequality was that Afro- Americans need to get involved and also need to defend themselves. Evidence of this is when he said “The time when white people can come in our community and get us to vote for them so they can be our political leaders and tell us what to do and what not to do is long gone”. He is saying that it’s time for Afro-Americans to get involved and end this. Another example is when he said “The economic philosophy of Black Nationalism only means that we should own and operate and control the economy of our community”. He is saying that the Afro-Americans should defend their community by getting involved. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X both had good solutions to end civil inequality.
In conclusion, both speeches “I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King Jr. and “The Ballot or the Bullet” by Malcolm X were very effective to America. They opened the eyes of many people not only African Americans, but of everybody. Their speeches