Martin Luther King and Malcolm X Compared
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Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X were both civil rights leaders seeking to solve the problems of racism and inequality in the United States and provided leadership in the Civil Rights Movement, but they did so in different ways. Martin Luther King, following the example of W.E.B. Du Bois, pursued integration with whites on an equal basis. He sought cooperation with sympathetic white leaders and pledged himself to the doctrine of nonviolence. Malcolm X, in the tradition of Marcus Garvey, saw a better solution in black nationalism. Like our Founding Fathers, Malcolm X refused to embrace nonviolence and swore to uphold his rights by any means necessary.
This video should be helpful for AP US History students who are seeking to make meaningful comparisons between civil rights leaders.