Comparing and Contrasting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. & Malcolm X

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Numerous leaders have made tremendous impacts throughout the history of the world. In this essay, I will compare and contrast the lives and philosophies of civil rights activists Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X were prominent leaders during the Civil Rights Era. They both had very different philosophies and methods on the racial emancipation of African-Americans. Despite their differences, they shared a common goal to live in a society with equal opportunity and a world free of segregation. Many of the ideas and beliefs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X stem from their upbringing and their religious beliefs. Dr. King grew up in a privileged home while Malcolm X did not. Both …show more content…
says “I’m tired of preachers riding around in big cars, living in fine homes. If you can’t stand with your people, you are not fit to be a leader” (Jackson, 2007, p. 158). What I took from this statement was that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was fed up with the bourgeois African Americans thinking that they were superior to the poor African Americans. At the end of the day, we are all one race and we must stand together to obtain freedom and equality in this white American society. We should not stick up our noses at our own people or look down upon them just because they are poor. The middle and upper class African Americans think that because they have money and live next to white people, they do not put themselves in the same category with other inferior African Americans. It is very sad that even today we still look down upon our own people instead of bringing one another up so that we all can rise together. Malcolm X grew up in an underprivileged household and had a tough childhood. Malcolm X was a young child when his father was killed by the Black Legionnaires (Cone). His mother was left to raise eight children on her own. Eventually the trials and tribulations of life began to overwhelm the entire family and his mother was sent to a mental institution and the children were put into separate foster homes (Malcolm X 20). Malcolm X was an excellent academic student and the only African American in his class (Cone). He explains his relationship with his English

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