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Of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, who do you think was the more successful in their approach to improving the lives of African-Americans today?

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Of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, who do you think was the more successful in their approach to improving the lives of African-Americans today? The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s, black people struggled toward the same goal that the slaves had struggled toward so many years before-freedom. This time it was not freedom from enslavement, but freedom to enjoy all the benefits of life in America. At first the movement, under Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s leadership, was a non-violent one. But gradually people became impatient with this approach, and leaders with a more militant outlook gained followers. It was a tumultuous time and often a frightening one Dr. King wants the same thing I want- freedom! - Malcolm X, 1964 Malcolm Little, changed his changed his last name to "X," a custom among Nation of Islam followers who considered their family names to have originated with white slaveholders. Spoke with bitter eloquence against the white exploitation of black people, Malcolm developed this brilliant platform style, which soon won him a large and dedicated following. He derided the civil-rights movement and rejected both integration and racial equality, calling instead for black separatism, black pride, and black self-dependence. ...read more.

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His leadership was fundamental to that movement's success in ending the legal segregation of blacks in the South and other portions of the United States. King rose to national prominence through the organization of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, promoting non-violent tactics such as the massive March on Washington (1963) to achieve civil rights. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1964. The U.S. Congress voted to observe a national holiday in his honour, beginning in 1986, on the third Monday in January. Recognizing the need for a mass movement to capitalize on the successful Montgomery action, King set about organizing the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), which gave him a base of operation throughout the South, as well as a national platform from which to speak. King lectured in all parts of the country and discussed problems of blacks with civil-rights and religious leaders at home and abroad. In February 1959 he and his party were warmly received by India's Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru; as the result of a brief discussion with followers of Gandhi about the Gandhian concepts of Satyagraha ("devotion to truth"), King became more convinced than ever that non-violent resistance was the most potent weapon available to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom... ...read more.

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On April 4 he was killed by a sniper's bullet while standing on the balcony of the motel where he and his associates were staying. On March 10th, 1969, the accused white assassin, James Earl Ray, pleaded guilty to the murder and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. Relating back to the question both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X were both as influential in changing America and how it treated and viewed African-Americans. Although Martin Luther reached higher praise and a Nobel Peace Prize, without one another the movement would not have be the success that it has been, leading to the Civil Rights Act 1964 and the Voting Rights Act 1968. I do believe that Malcolm X was more successful at improving African-American lives, be empowering the youth that they could get what they want and stand up for there basic human rights. Although his methods were to a more immoralistic side, the belief that all he wanted was freedom from oppression. Willing to see both sides, having violent methods yet being able to see the sense in Dr. King's methodology made him the greater man and role model for the Black Youth. ...read more.

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