During the tumultuous period of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s, the goal for bettering the lives of African-Americans was desired by many. However, the means of attaining that goal, varied greatly among the representatives of the movement. The African-American civil rights efforts were spearheaded by men of peaceful protest for integration, such as Martin Luther King Jr., and in contrast leaders such as Malcolm X who expressed separatist ideals. Other groups of civil rights advocated took an outright violent approach, such as the Black Panthers.
Malcolm X, a leader advocating for equality between races, is a modern day example of a tragic hero. While some may consider Malcolm X a hero to look up to, many criticize him for promoting violence. Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little. He grew up in the streets of Boston and New York. Malcolm X is controversial, he said that equality should be attained "by any means necessary". Many think Malcolm X only preached violence and hate, others think of him as doing what was necessary. While he didn’t advocated peace, he helped to empower people to stand up for their rights. This was Malcolm’s goal and shows that he had good intentions. However, his good intentioned were covered up by his flaws. MAlcolm became a well known leader for race equality
Malcolm X was an American Muslim leader who contributed to the Civil Rights Movement by spreading his ideas of black nationalism in the 1950s and early ’60s. He was an influential figure in a black Islamic organization, Nation of Islam, and served as a spokesperson for the organization. He was assassinated on February 21, 1965 while making a speech in Harlem. After his death, his life story was made well-known through his autobiography, The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965) (Mamiya 1). Malcolm X is a man whose background and activism contributed to the Civil Rights Movement and America as a whole.
Focusing specifically on the opposition of racial segregation, The Civil Rights movement symbolized the need for change across America. Between the years of 1950 and 1960, events such as; the March on Washington, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, speeches, protests, and sit-ins, directly defined such opposition. Due to such events, two outstanding leaders of their time, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X emerged into the public eye and began to impact the Civil Rights movement. At a turning point of the century, the two men took charge and became icons across the world while resonating significantly with African American minorities. With such in mind, the two men had extreme differences in their morals, ideals, and religions; however, both deemed
Malcolm X was an influential African-American leader he also rose to prominence in the mid-1950s. Malcolm opposed the mainstream civil rights movement, publicly calling for black separatism and rejecting nonviolence and integration into combatting racism by. However, Malcolm has combatted many obstacles during his lifetime. Some examples on how Malcolm combatted racism was…(insert evidence here)
was the right person to lead black americans was his views on economics. He believed that the right way to create equality in the business place was to boycott any companies who gave black citizens unfair pay/treatment. “In the past six months simply by refusing to purchase products from companies which do not hire Negroes, the ministers of Chicago have increased the income of the Negro community by more than 2 million dollars annually.” (Doc F) MLK thought that by taking a non-violent approach to boycott businesses who treated black people unfairly, they would raise wages for black workers and lower prices for black customers. This was more effective than Malcolm X’s supposed approach to take control of the economy and begin to manage their own businesses (Doc G).
Malcolm X grew up in a much lesser community. His neighborhood was violent and there wasn’t much schooling. Martin Luther King Jr. was always against violence, throughout his entire lifetime and believed using nonviolent forms of protest. King would even condone being nonviolent when he was hurt physically. Malcolm X used whatever form of protest he needed to get the job done and
What makes a leader? I believe a leader to be intelligent ,tough, and has the determination to achieve a goal. Having certain skills will have an impact on you being a trustable leader. Being selfless and caring are also characteristics. Malcolm X his birth name Malcolm Little is a fine a example of a leader and has most of these leadership qualities. Malcolm X was a Muslim minister who was also African American. He was a activist for human rights, Malcolm was a bold and courageous spokesperson for blacks to have rights,Malcolm X declared America “white America” to have the most harshest of terms for it’s tenacious treatments against African Americans.In the year 1946, he was sentenced to prison because he was caught breaking and entering. When he was incarcerated, he was chosen to become a member of the Nation of Islam. This is when he changed his birth name from Malcolm Little to Malcolm X. Later he had written,”Little was the name that the white slave master … had imposed upon paternal forebears” After his parole in 1952 his popularity grew and became the organization 's most influential leaders, and served as the public face of the controversial group for a dozen years. Malcolm rose quickly and became the prime minister of Temple 11 in Boston a temple in which he founded. He was then given the No. 7 Temple located in Harlem. Temple No. 7 was the largest and prestigious temple known for the Nation of Islam after the headquarters in Chicago.
The Civil Rights Movement helped the African Americans gain their ability to vote, there wasn’t anymore discrimination, and they had equal rights. In the 1960s many things had happened. John F. Kennedy had become the President of the United States and was assassinated shortly after. Martin Luther
MLK’s “I have a dream” speech promoted the idea of integration. He believed that the races were created equal and that blacks should be respected as American citizens. Malcolm X followed Muslim principles and believed that he would protest “by any means necessary.” He would do whatever needed in order to obtain freedom for African-Americans whether it be violence or nonviolent. Malcolm opposed integration and believed that blacks needed to fend for themselves in the fight against whites.
Malcolm X decided though that if provoked he would fight. If you need to fight you fight. He did not see anything wrong with fighting if he was provoked, so he supported fighting. These differences between the two are the reasons that followers would tend to follow Martin Luther King Jr. instead of Malcolm
Malcolm X talks about how the government interfered during the civil rights movement in his speech “God’s Judgement of White America.” In it he explains how he thinks that America is coming to her judgment day and will soon collapse if she doesn’t make up for enslaving blacks. Even when blacks start to fight for equal rights, Malcolm X believes that the government is behind it all and controlling the leaders. He calls these leaders “Six puppets who have been trained by the whites in white institutions and then placed over our people as ‘spokesmen’ for our people” (3). The six people he is referring to are James Farmer, Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis, Phillip Randolf, Ray Wilkins and Whitney Young all of whom were key members in the fight for equal rights.
This included things like the discrimination of gender, race, color, or national origin. If we didn’t have civil rights, our nation could be a much darker place than it is right now. There would be people of color who were enslaved and didn’t have voting rights or the right to have a job or the right to own any land or money. It would be very different to live in such a
Malcolm was born on, May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. His mother was Norton little and his was Earl little. The family had eight children. Earls civil rights activism caused death threats from white people. Their Lansing, Michigan home was burned to the ground. Earls body was found across the towns trolley tracks. This had caused Malcolms' mother to suffer emotional and went to a mental institution. All the kids were separated into foster homes and orphanages. Malcolm moved back to Boston and met up with a friend, "shorty' Jarvis. in 1946, they were arrested for burglary charges and he was sentenced to 10 years in prison. In his school years he used this to become more
Though he is still seen as a controversial figure, I believe that Malcolm X was one of the most compassionate figures in history. He once said, “I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color.” I really admire how he fought for what he believed in. Initially, I learned about Malcolm X in my AP English Language class, but I was reintroduced to his influence on the modern day black society in my college history class. Prior to being reintroduced to his philosophy in my college history class, I thought that X was a violent, racist man. Although many people denigrated him, history always vindicated him. The detail about his life that most influenced me was that he started off protesting