Mlk and Malcolm X Compare and Contrast

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Compare and Contrast
Professor Watson
Compare and Contrast: Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
The 1960’s was a tumultuous time in the United States of America. The civil rights movement polarized the citizens of the country. The civil rights movement was responsible for bringing equality to all men and there were two very different but successful men that led this movement. Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. were both civil rights leaders but they had very different views on how to approach the problem of racism in the country.

Their differences started in their childhood. Malcolm X was raised in Lansing, Michigan but he moved to Boston when he sixteen. Martin Luther King Jr. was geographically different because he was raised in the south in Georgia. Even though their locations were different, their childhoods still had the chance to similar. Both men were born with different names then they are famous for now. Martin Luther King Jr. was born Michael King Jr. and Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little. Their names were both religious based. Michael King changed his name out of respect for the German religious figure Martin Luther King. Malcolm Little changed his name when he converted to Islam. Martin Luther King Sr. was a very important figure in Martin Luther King Jr.’s childhood. Because he was father was a Baptist minister, he decided to follow in his footsteps and also become a Baptist minister. Like Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X’s father was also a Baptist minister. Though their lives started off similar, Malcolm X’s life changed dramatically when he was six. Malcolm X recalled, “It was morning when we children at home got the word he was dead. I was six…the white Black Legion had finally gotten him”(Autobiography). This greatly impacted the rest of his childhood. His mother had to be institutionalized because she never got over the death of her husband. Malcolm would be forced to separate from the rest of his family and he would...
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