Malcom vs. Dr. King

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Dr. King vs. Malcolm X
In the 1960’s two great African American leaders arose, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Dr. King was a pacifist, following the tradition of Gandhi. Malcolm X however was a radical, an advocate for violence. Both, however, shared a common goal—REAL freedom and justice for the African American people. The two powerful leaders came from vastly different backgrounds which are shown in their thinking of life. Martin was a Christian from the rural south, whilst Malcolm had become a Muslim from the urban north. Each strongly believed in their religion, but when it came down to the point Malcolm X was willing to put religion aside. “…put your religion at home – in the closet. Keep it between you and your God”. On the other hand Martin did not put his God aside. During his speeches his expressed how important it was to do things in Gods way because “we are the children of God”. Dr. King and Malcolm X wanted equality for the African American people. They just had different points of views. When it came down to economy Malcolm used Black Nationalism, meaning that the blacks should keep the money they make within the black community. In the “Ballot or the Bullet”, Malcolm uses the rhetorical strategy of logos and pathos to appeal to his audience. He appeals to all blacks, whether Christian, Muslim, or even atheist. Dr. King on the other thinks that segregation itself should be demolished and that both races become one. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Though different in their speaking styles and motive for equality, one cannot deny that both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. were two of the most influential and powerful civil rights activists of the 20th century. They are remembered as heroes who fought for the cause of Black America, and who gave hope to their people in times of desperate struggle. They are remembered as men who tried to instill...
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