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How The Methods And Aims Of Malcolm X And Martin Luther King Differed.

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How The Methods And Aims Of Malcolm X And Martin Luther King Differed The methods of Malcolm X and martin Luther King were very different but they shared the same basic aim, to improve the lives of black Americans. Possibly these differences in both aims and methods comes from the differences in the way they were raised, Malcolm X was born Marcus Little in Omah, Nebr. Malcolm X's father was a follower of Marcus Garvey (Garvey believed that Black Americans should go back to Africa and establish Political and economic ties with Africa) 1n 1931 Malcolm's father was found dead after being run over, Malcolm blamed white racists, soon after this his mother was committed to a mental hospital. Malcolm spent the rest of his childhood in foster homes and during this time white school teachers discouraged him from continuing education. ...read more.

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Malcolm X believed that blacks should be separate from whites as well as equal; he developed this view from the influence of the Nation of Islam and because of the long term abuse and suffering caused by several prominent whites in his life. The views of Malcolm X changed after he left the Nation of Islam in 19__ and he started to view Kings methods in a less negative light and began to be more tolerant towards White people, this new stance was developed during his visit to Mecca where he realised that many of the lessons he had learnt from the Nation of Islam where false and unfair and not all whites were 'white devils' Martin Luther King's aims were to make black people equal with whites in the same society. King appreciated that this would take time and so he set out to prove that the segregation system was not separate ...read more.

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Malcolm X and Martin Luther King both wanted increased rights for black Americans and whilst Malcolm X preached violence to scare whites into granting constitutional rights. King wanted to achieve his aims through non-violence but his actions encouraged violence by white Americans. Malcolm X believed that black Americans should help each other rather than relying on whites, this idea of self-help and economically developing local areas was prominent in Malcolm Xs time at the Nation of Islam, after leaving the Nation of Islam Malcolm X denounced the idea of all whites being devils and recognised that there were many liberal whites who actively supported the black civil rights movement. Malcolm X also recognised, after leaving the Nation of Islam, that the actions king and others had taken in pursuit of civil rights through non-violent action had made great progress ...read more.

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