Martin Luther King Vs. Malcolm X
A comparison of two leaders of the civil rights struggle, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.
This paper compares and contrasts the views of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X and their approach to the civil rights struggle. Their means, philosophies and principles are looked at as well.
“The 1950’s and 1960’s were periods of major disjunction and turmoil between races in the United States, especially in the South. The civil rights battle was one that was fought on many different fronts with many different means and methods. Two of the more prominent leaders of the civil rights struggle were Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Although the leaders had the same end results in mind, their means, philosophies, and principles differed. Their main doctrinal differences fixate on their willingness to employ violence to achieve their end goals. While Dr. King employs a passive resistance or civilly disobedient approach, Malcolm X articulated his view of the “ballot or the bullet”. In this paper I intend to compare and contrast Dr. King and Malcolm X’s views in regard to the justification of violence in achieving civil rights success to those of John Rawls.”