African American community similar and/or different? How their strategies for reaching
those goals similar and/or different?
During the past century there were two influential people Martin Luther King, Jr. and
Malcolm X who grappled with the problem of inequality between black and white people. They
both wanted to bring hope to blacks in the US through their powerful, hard-hitting speeches, but
the methods and styles they followed were completely different from each other. While one
followed non-violence, peaceful way for bringing racial harmony, the other encouraged his
followers to rise up and protest against white enemies.
King inspired people to follow the peaceful and way to fetch the rights and equality
within the black community, whereas Malcolm X believed that peaceful demonstration and
arguments is nothing but only a tick by the whites to keep blacks in their places. They both
followed different approaches to accomplish the same goal. Kings had a positive attitude to reach
to the destination. On the other hand Malcolm X was rebellious and aggressive. Both of their
attitudes towards the racial discrimination were responsible due to their early backgrounds. Their
points of views were influenced by the way they spend their lives at the early stages. King’s calm
approach seemed to reflect his safe, middle-class environment while Malcolm X’s extremist
approach came from his neglectful upbringing.
King wanted to unite two races through peaceful methods and non-violent tactics. He
delivered the speech “I Have a Dream” where his hope and dreams for the black community
were flourished. He wanted the freedom of the Negro community who were “sadly crippled by
the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.”(2457) He talked about the