Martin Luther King v. Malcolm X
Martin Luther King has been known for using peace to help him get equality among all people but especially African-Americans. He was not the type of leader that resorted to violence in order to get the equality that he fought for. King has been known for moving people by the use of his speeches like King’s I Have a Dream and I’ve Been to the Mountaintop speeches. King shows through these speeches that even though he was determined to get equal rights for every African-American, he was only going to stick to subtle, nonviolent ways like court cases, protest, and boycotts. This philosophy is the exact opposite to Malcolm X, another Civil Rights Leader, who thought that African American should not waste their time on protest and boycotts (Document 7). Malcolm, like King, was not in favor of violence but believe that African Americans should by all means use violence to protect themselves when they “attacked by racists” (Document 9). But, Martin Luther King’s philosophy was more beneficial for the African-American community then Malcolm X’s because the effort that he put into his nonviolent philosophy made gaining rights more successful and more meaningful. Martin Luther King showed that he had the better philosophy compared to Malcolm X because of his stance on violence. One way King upheld his beliefs was through protest. King said in his Our God is Marching speech, “We are on the move now. The burning of our churches will not deter us. We are on the move now. The bombing of our homes will not dissuade us” (Document 4). So Protesters, including King himself were having their homes burned down for protesting for what they believe is right. In March of 1965 King and other protesters walked in order to raise awareness of the need for a Voting Right Act. This Act was passed later that year. But even though they achieved their goal for voting right does not mean that the protesters did not receive opposition for...
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