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Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 09:29 AM
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Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X can both are expressed their views on the living conditions of African Americans though two different speeches by their non-violence versus their armed self –defense, language used, and unity with whites. Martin Luther King Jr‘s “I have a dream” speech that professed peace and brotherhood between people of all races. Malcolm X‘s “After the Bombing / Speech at Ford Auditorium” it speaks about equality, self defense and the need of those that are oppressed to liberate themselves by any means. These two men had a similar goal in their minds, but the paths in which they would each preach to accomplish those goals in their speeches varied with great difference.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s, \"I Have a Dream\", was delivered on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963. Dr. King starts his speech by recalling the Emancipation Proclamation which gave hope to those who were bound by slavery. Yet this hope had faded. One hundred years later African Americans are still in captivity and “We must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free (King pg1).” The documents guaranteed the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Yet instead of honoring these promises, society had failed to allow those of color the same rights as other Americans. King is best known for his peaceful protests and his non-violence moment “We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.”(King pg2) King believed in equality peace and unity for all races, “Black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholic; will be able to join hands (King, pg2).” King did not just focus on African American struggles, but for all races and belief. Dr. King wanted unity with the white people; he wanted...


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