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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 MLK vs. Malcolm X One movement, two perspectives. Martin Luther King, Jr. Malcolm X May 19, 1925 - Feb. 21, 1965 Jan. 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968 Born Michael Luther King,he later changed his name to Martin. King grew up in a Christian family, influencing him to later become a preacher. After attending three colleges, King obtained his doctorate. At age 35, Martin became the youngest man to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. After his selection, he donated the entirety of the prize money tofurther the civil rights movement. Born into poverty and violence, Malcolm Little was often getting into trouble in his youth. His educationnever extended past high school. At 20, Malcolm was arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison.During this time, Malcolm read history, philosophy,and religion. Upon release from prison, Malcolm became Muslim, and changed his name toMalcolm X. COMPARISON Malcolm X believed that the blacks were themaster race. He felt that all whites were eviland racist. X's often violent ways of goingabout his movement were disagreed with bymost of the supporters of the civil rightsmovement. Although his name may not be asfamous as King's, X is thought of by many asa major contributor to the movement. GOALS AND IMPACT These men each played an instrumental part in the civil rights movement. However, differencesin philosophy did arise between the two. King insisted on a nonviolent protest, while X found noissue in using violence. Martin was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference,and Malcolm progressed into a position of leadership with Nation of Islam. Dr. King's goal was to nonviolently convey that the black community had had enough and was ready to be treated the same as everyone else. After his death, his message remained, and most people today credit him for being the sole leader of thecivil rights movement. Quotes "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"-MLKThis is a question that King trulylived his life by. Everyeffort he made was forthe good of his people."Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend." -MLKThis quote reflects King's nonviolentapproach to the movement."I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."King's most famous quote, where he givesview on how life should be in America. double click to changethis text! Drag a cornerto scale proportionally. "Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you,send him to the cemetery." This statement reflects Malcolm's stance on the use of violence." Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it."This quote gives an example of X's personality. He was the type of person that believed if you wanted something, you should take it."I don't even call it violence when it's in self defense; I call it intelligence."In this statement, Malcolm justifies the use of violence in the movement.
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