Comparison on Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.: Who Had More Influence over the Civil Rights Movement
Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
Martin Luther King Jr., December 11, 1964
Even though his call for unarmed resistance, many of the movements actions were often met with force and resistance from white southerners. Often the participants in the movement were threatened, harassed, and thrown into jail. These actions taken by the whites were only met with still peaceful means and King discouraged retaliation. A classic example of this is when his home was bombed in Montgomery and he stood on his front stoop to encourage the neighborhood who wanted to take up arms, saying that it was not necessary. On the other end of the spectrum was Malcolm X. In contrast to King, who held a strong belief in integration and non-violent resistance, Malcolm felt that non-violence and integration was a ploy by the whites to