Martin Luther VS. Malcolm X

Topics: African American, Malcolm X, Nobel Peace Prize, Nonviolence, Jimmy Carter, Nobel Prize / Pages: 3 (552 words) / Published: Feb 26th, 2014
Najae Willis 2/25/14 731

Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X were the stars, so to speak, of Civil Rights protesting. They are the most famous, and are still heard of frequently throughout History text books and magazine articles. Though they died a while back, their legacy still lives on, to live in a world free of segregation, but they each had different ways of “getting what they want”, and some ways of getting what they want led to the bad memories that people rather not speak about.

Martin was a peaceful man, his father was a southern Baptist preacher; and he as a young boy decided that was where his path was leading as well. While being a preacher he decided he wanted to be a civil rights leader, which began his journey as a well known leader. His way of protesting was subtle yet effective. Martin’s long speeches often caught wandering people, and drew them into the crowd. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, and is the youngest person ever to receive it. He was assassinated on April 4th, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee; which led to many riots by the African American community.

Malcolm X was, well, a lot different. As Martin was remembered by everyone happily, most people tried to forget Malcolm. After being sent to prison for drug use he was converted to Islam and prior to that was pro segregation. But after his pilgrimage to Mecca decided that he wanted to be treated equally. Malcolm was known for his boldness, he is often tagged with the quote “To do whatever it takes.” Meaning that he would do whatever it took to be considered equal. This usually led to less peaceful acts of protesting, plus he was more interested in spreading “black pride”. He was assassinated by members of the Black Muslim movement on February 21, 1965.

Both Martin and Malcolm were considered great leaders

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