Essay on Martin Luther King Jr. vs. Malcolm X

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Martin Luther King Jr. vs. Malcolm X

Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X both fought for the same goal, but had different ways of achieving this goal. They both fought against civil rights and were leaders in the civil rights movement. The way they were brought up is a good explanation for their differences; King was brought up in a wealthy family, while X was raised in the ghetto to a poor family. Both fought against unfair laws, Social Discrimination, and Racial segregation, but they both had different ways of going about this. Malcolm X was born on May 19, 1925 and was raised in a completely different atmosphere than King, an atmosphere of fear and anger where the seeds of bitterness were planted. The burning of his house
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Martin Luther King lived in an entirely different environment. He was a smart student and skipped two grades before entering an Ivy League college at only the age of 15. He was the class valedictorian with an A average. King paraded his graduation present in a new green Chevrolet before his fellow graduates. He was raised in the perfect environment where dreams and love were generated. Before the civil rights movement, blacks had to use different bathrooms, go to different schools, and even drink out of different water fountains! The different facilities were supposed to be "Separate but equal" but of course the blacks schools and other facilities were not equal. King and Malcolm X had intentions of changing this; Malcolm X simply inspired people to ignore these laws, and caused violent riots. King on the other hand voted to change these laws and in the 1960's the segregation laws soon changed. Like the Rosa Parks incident on the bus, it is clear to us that there was social discrimination; Blacks were forced to sit in the back of the bus. King knew that this wasn't right and started non-violent protests, like the Montgomery buss boycott. During the Montgomery Buss boycott, all blacks started walking as their form of transportation, they stopped taking the busses and that hurt the bussing business since most whites had cars as their form of transportation. After the boycott ended, blacks could sit

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