1960s Dbq Essay

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1960s was a time of change. Martin Luther King Jjr. and Malcolm X are two of the most influential people during that time, both fighting for Civil Rights in the 1960s.. Though they were fighting for the same goal of equal rights for all, the two men did it in different ways, focusing on different aspects of the movement. MLK, who had come from a well off home in Atlanta, Georgia, fought for Civil Rights focussing on the political side of the movement, with peaceful protests. Malcolm X, who had come from a poor home in the North, had focused on the economic aspect of the Civil Rights movement through more violent take on getting his word out. Martin Luther King Jr was a major influence to the Civil Rights movement. Therefore, his non-violent …show more content…

Doc. 4 states, “Negroes and white study side by side in the socially healing context of the classroom” (MLK, “Our God Marching On” Speech, March 21, 1965). This statement shows that Martin Luther King wants all of the people in America to study side by side. To add to this, in Doc 2, “With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together…” (Martin Luther King, I Have a Dream Speech, August 28, 1963).b These go to show that Martin Luther King’s goal was to change the hearts and minds of people through his speeches so that everyone would come together and heal their differences. Meanwhile Malcolm X wanted respect but he focused more on African Americans rather than everyone as a whole during the movement. Martin Luther King’s philosophy helped America altogether rather than just one part. These sources are reliable because they’re directly from a speeches said by Martin Luther King on the Alabama State steps and his Famous “I Have a Dream” speech. They both talk directly about both African Americans and Whites congregating together. While Martin Luther King was trying trying to integrate black and whites and change the minds of the whites. Malcolm X on the other hand was trying to strengthen the African American economies, and was less focused on getting the support of whites as well as blacks. Because of this, his philosophy wasn’t as good as Martin Luther

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