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What is the difference between Martin Luther King and Malcolm X?

Asked by Juul , Last updated: Sep 16, 2020

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N. Kingsley

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N. Kingsley
N. Kingsley, Writer, Columbus

Answered Aug 06, 2020

Martin Luther King was an excellent statesman who would give moving speeches about equality and freedom, while Malcolm X was a known eradicator of those who was not Caucasian. Martin Luther King was highly educated, while Malcolm X had very little education. MLK came from a well- known middle- class family who lived in Atlanta.

At the same time, Malcolm X did not have any roots or ties to his family after the problems he had to face, and this includes watching his house burn down, his father being murdered, and his mother having a nervous breakdown.

MLK focused on equality, the goodness of man, as well as his own ability to do good for humankind. Malcolm X’s perspective of the world was jaded with anger, resentment, and bitterness after the hard life he had experienced. It was the “I Have a Dream” address that became a legendary aspect of MLK history that earned him a national holiday, which is observed on the third Monday of January each year.

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W. Kaye

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W. Kaye, Ex-Marine, Post Graduate, Chapel Hill

Answered Aug 04, 2020

There are a lot of people who cannot help but compare Martin Luther King with Malcolm X. One of their main differences is the fact that Martin Luther King always said that he believes in self-respect and that this is possible if people would all work together for something common. He also wanted to make sure that the different actions that people will do are not going to be violent.

Malcolm X had a different approach. He wanted to make sure that black people are aware of their worth. He wanted them to be proud of their heritage and what they can do. He wanted to make sure that black people will be proud to be black.

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Daniel Drake

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Answered Jul 31, 2020

The Civil Rights movement was a fight for equality for African-Americans. This came after decades of African-Americans being tortured and treated unfairly because of their race. Through the movement, there were many standout voices who became the faces of the movement. Two of the most popular ones are Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Though they were both fighting for African-American equality, they differed in how to go about it. Martin Luther King Jr. faced his part of the movement through non-violence, expressing the theme of the movement through actions like marches and speeches. Malcolm X also had speeches, but he believed that violence was deemed acceptable if it got African-Americans the rights they were looking for.
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