Compare and Contrast the Work of Martin Luther King Jr & Malcolm X
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Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X were very significant during the Civil Rights Movement. Both were excellent speakers and shared one goal but had two different ways of resolving it. Martin Luther King Jr. chose to resolve the issues by using non-violence to create equality amongst all races to accomplish the goal. Malcolm X also wanted to decrease discrimination and get of segregation but by using another tactic to successfully accomplish the similar goal. The backgrounds of both men were one of the main driven forces behind the ways they executed their plans to rise above the various mistreatments. Martin Luther King Jr. was a more pronounced orator, a more refined leader, and overall saw the larger picture than Malcolm X.…show more content…
Malcolm Little was born in Omaha, Nebraska, May 19, 1925. He was not as fortunate as Martin Luther King Jr. was while growing up. Malcolm X was one of eight children with two loving parents, but later on died. He was more so a lecturer about segregation than an orator from the Islamic point of view. The humor that flowed throughout all his speeches had underline meanings that were equally as serious as Martin Luther King Jr. made his speeches seem. Martin Luther King Jr. was literally born to be a leader overall. He took a stance for what he believed and let know one change his vision. Martin Luther King Jr. practiced the beliefs of Christianity and the teachings of Mohandas Gandhi. The practices he used throughout his proactivity during the Civil Rights Movement allowed people around the world to realize how his leadership really affected this country as a whole. Malcolm X was also a very great leader during the Civil Rights era. His Islamic religion helped influence how he led those who followed his teachings. He was motivated by anger that was created from white men in the past. When he was younger, his mother was threatened to move out of town because his father’s sermons were starting to cause an up roar in the community between blacks and whites. The leadership Malcolm X brought to the community was rejuvenated energy that gave young black men and women the hope to rise above the
Violence is an unjust and unwarranted exertion of force or power. It is a tactic to abuse or violate another being. Many people have thought this notion wrong and used nonviolent methods to go against their oppressor and successfully overcome them. Some of these individuals are Gandhi, M.L. King, and Malcolm X.
Mohandas Gandhi was such a pious individual and used only nonviolence (ahimsa) to gain recognition and defeat his usurpers. His first concept was known as the law of love, "the force of nonviolence is infinitely more wonderful and subtle than the material forces of nature, like, for instance, electricity" (Pg. 626, 2nd paragraph on column 2). Gandhi explains that spiritual love runs like electricity.…show more content…
An individual disrespects himself/herself when they disrespect others, plus a person's life is too sacred to take away by killing (brutal force). King believes using nonviolent methods will result in a double victory which is to win over the oppressor and winning our own victory. Last but not least, we shall look at the teachings of Malcolm X. He believes "fear born from threats of violence may be the only thing that will be able to shake the system" (Pg. 613, 2nd paragraph on column 2). Malcolm's first concept is self defense, where individuals have the right to "see that our lives and our property is protected" (Pg. 631, 1st paragraph on column2). In some cases, he believes its okay to use violence to bring justice if the system is unjust, which he talks about in his second concept. In Malcolm's last two concepts, he explains that the oppressor doesn't understand a peaceful language, but will only cooperate when the victim uses force of violence. Another concept he stresses on is that individuals should fight united as a group; it's not a one-man job. Don't get Malcolm wrong; in his quote "by any means necessary", he not only talks about violent attacks, but "means of international politics. In the end of his speech, Malcolm states "I don't care what color you are, as long as you want to change this miserable condition that exists on this earth" (Pg. 633, last paragraph on column 1). In life, individuals face