Compare and Contrast
Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter,” and staying silent is just what many civil rights activists, including Martin Luther King, Jr. avoided. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X are just two of the prominent leaders during the civil rights movement. Martin Luther King Jr. believed in nonviolent protesting, where Malcolm X believed in doing whatever it takes to accomplish a goal. Although these men both possess contrasting beliefs, together they sparked a social transition that would affect society for decades to come.
The biggest difference in the two leaders comes with their leadership tactics. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed heavily in nonviolence. To achieve equality with nonviolence, he used sit-ins, marches, and protests. He traveled from city to city to spread his message of nonviolence because he felt “compelled to carry the gospel of freedom” (MLK). King felt that the answer to equality was intelligence and high morals. As blacks furthered their education they would gain rights, equality, and respect from whites (“Martin Luther King - Biography” 1). His nonviolent leadership tactics got many people across the country, and even the world interested in his beliefs. Although Malcolm X became more peaceful later on, his self-defense tactic was his original message. His motto, “By any means necessary!” meant that if believed necessary, violence was acceptable. His beliefs acted as the core for a civil rights activist group known as the Black Panthers. As time went on Malcolm X became more peaceful, yet he still stated that “I no longer subscribe to sweeping indictments of any one race,” (Malcolm X 302). Both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X were very affective in the civil rights movement; they just held different beliefs in how to get equality.
Along with having very different tactics, both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X...
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