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A Dream vs. A Nightmare In the United States during the 1950's and 1960s, the black and white races were in a major struggle over racial inequality. This was a very disturbing realm of racial discrimination that all started down in the Southern states of America. States like Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi, to name a few. Many civil rights issues also developed during this time period. During this time, two of the most well known leaders of this civil rights movement were Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Even though both men were fighting for the same end results, their methods, philosophies, and principles were different. Their main differences reflected on their willingness to use or not to use violence as a method to achieve their goals. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born Michael Luther King in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1929. He was one of three children born to Martin Luther King Sr., pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, and Alberta King, a former schoolteacher. Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. His mother, Louise Norton Little, was a housewife, who stayed busy with the family's eight children. His father, Earl Little, was an outspoken Baptist minister and devoted follower of the Black Nationalist leader, Marcus Garvey. King was brought up in a comfortable middle-class family where education was extremely important. ...read more.


Malcolm X's lost hope against life was reflected in his cynical belief that equality is impossible because whites have no moral conscience. King adopted an integrationist philosophy, believing blacks and whites should unite and live together in peace and harmony. Malcolm X promoted Black Nationalist and separatist principles. He believed blacks would only obtain their rightful place in society only through revolution and force. Both X and King spread their message through powerful, hard-hitting speeches. Nevertheless, their intentions were delivered in different styles and purposes. King was peaceful leader who advocated non-violence to his followers. He traveled about the country giving various speeches that inspired black and even white listeners to work together for racial unity. Primarily Malcolm X believed that non-violence was a ploy by the white America to keep black America in their place. He was outraged with white racism and advocated his followers through his speeches to stand up and protest against their white adversaries. Malcolm's and King's speeches and essays exposed the truth of racism and to supported racial equality. Which reflected both men's ideas about making America better. They agreed blacks needed to achieve self-respect as the first step blacks needed to take in order to ever conquer freedom. Malcolm X's speeches were delivered in a revolutionary tone, which could provoke his listeners towards hatred of white America. Malcolm X also used straight and to the point language that all classes of society could understand. ...read more.


Malcolm X and Martin Luther King are both remembered as leaders who fought for a difference in black America. Both tried to bring hope to blacks in the United States. They also tried to encourage blacks that they have the power and strength to rise above all the hatred that surrounded them. They both just had very different ways of advocating their message. Malcolm X had a much more radical approach directed from his neglectful childhood and early adulthood. King had a much more calm approach. His non-violent approach came from his safe and middle-class environment. Although they were different in teaching their messages about black respect and pride, they both had the same goal. That goal was to achieve equality between all races. King and Malcolm X eventually gave their own lives for the cause of black equality and freedom. Their writings and actions are still used in the fight for African Americans and the equality of all races men today. Since our contemporary youth of today is becoming more and more lost from media. It is ideal that Malcolm X would be their choice of a leader. From rap lyrics and music videos to the novels by African Americans, sex and violence is selling at a rapid pace. ***Well- written analysis-the essay begins to wane a bit toward the end. Did you have trouble with the conclusion? It seems as though you weren't quite sure how you wanted to bring the discussion back full circle, so to speak; however, your personal engagement and research is evident. ...read more.

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