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How significant was Malcolm X in the rise of Black Power?

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How significant was Malcolm X in the rise of Black Power? Malcolm X was quite significant in the rise of Black Power as he created the foundations for the ideas of Black Power. With the new ideas that he had, he provided an alternative to people like Martin Luther King's ideas which people felt were too slow. By doing this he gained support and popularity. This meant his ideas were noticed and heard. As a result of this, Black Power emerged. Malcolm X was significant in the rise of Black Power in many ways. Amongst other things, he was one of the first people to encourage violence against violence and offer an alternative to Martin Luther King's message of non-violence and pacifism. ...read more.

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Malcolm X promoted power for black people and fighting against the oppression of black people to help create a strong black identity which is what Black Power was all about, which made him a significant person in the rise of Black Power. Although he did many things that made him significant in the rise of Black Power, he also had a few weaknesses which made him less significant than others. His main weakness was that he rejected Christianity. "Malcolm X said that Islam was the true religion of black mankind and that Christianity was the white man's religion"(3). Many historians say that this limited his appeal. One historian who said this is Professor Adam Fairclough. ...read more.

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Although Stokely Carmichael did similar things to Malcolm X, like the powerful speeches, Carmichael was more significant because he made all his speeches when Black Power was prominent. He was also the person who popularized the phrase 'Black Power' and brought it into the public's eyes. "Carmichael's speech brought it into the spotlight and it became a rallying cry for young blacks across the country" (5). As Stokely Carmichael made all his speeches when black power was prominent it had more of an effect on people. Although Malcolm X was quite significant in the rise of Black Power, he wasn't as significant as Stokely Carmichael because he was the one who actually brought it into the spotlight. In conclusion Malcolm X was quite significant in the rise of Black Power as he created the foundations for the ideas of Black Power. ?? ?? ?? ?? Victoria Corrigan ...read more.

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