Compare And Contrast The Aims

and Methods of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.
These great leaders came from vastly different backgrounds which is shown in their thinking on life, especially early on. Martin was a Christian from the rural south, whilst Malcolm had become a Muslim from the urban north. King called for love of your neighbour, integration and nonviolence, which was part of his American Dream. Malcolm X called for self-love, separation, and "by any means necessary", which was part of his Black Nationalism. Throughout their lives their views were constantly changing, largely affected by each other, but also by the many events in their lives. Malcolm X forced King to become more radical and to look into the ...

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he looked at the social problems of the urban slums, and the extent of racism of his previous allies. This turning point came with the riots in Watts, Los Angeles. For Malcolm X, the major change came when he broke from the Nation of Islam and went on his Hajj to Mecca, when he realised the anti-racist nature of true Islam. It must be remembered, however, that Martin's second phase came well after Malcolm's death. Their achievements will not be looked at, but throughout there will be a discussion on how and why their aims and methods were formed.
Despite interpretations by King and others, justice not love was the main aim of the Montgomery Bus Boycott according to Stride Toward Freedom. According to James Cone, love as the main focus came at a later date. Though far apart in many ways at this stage, Martin and Malcolm both insisted that black people stand up for their rights. King emphasised that during Montgomery integration was not an initial aim despite his and others belief ...

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the success of his method of using women and children in the marches, he soon realised it would not immediately transform the oppressor. However, its power is in what it does "to the hearts and souls of those committed to it" . He respected and liked Malcolm X, but regarding self-defence, "Malcolm has done himself and our own people a great disservice" .
Malcolm advocated self-defence, as he believed totally in self-respect and justice. After devoting his life to the Nation of Islam he vowed to tell black people about their brainwashed condition, and to tell white people about their crimes. To be nonviolent to the enemy and to want to integrate with these people was to carry on the ...

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