Martin Luther King Jr And Letter From Birmingham Jail

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It is hard to imagine what America would be like without its freedom fighting leaders. There is no denying that the United States would not be what it is today without Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Their different approach on racism can be seen through their writing. In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested in Birmingham Alabama and taken into custody for leading a peaceful anti-segregation march without a permit. This arrest inspired King to write a call for unity titled, “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” This letter explains the sorrows African American people go through and America's injustices. Martin Luther King Jr. describes his nonviolent revolution and the change all Americans needs to accept to gain equality. In 1964, Malcolm X wrote …show more content…

He explains the hopes of his movement, as well as the ignorance of the people keeping racism unresolved. His speaks in depth of the lack of human rights, the fraudulent American government, and the unification of African Americans. Both Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X’s childhood gives insight on their approach to freedom fighting as well as their similar message of uniting Americans; with their differences in conveying their message their contrasting legacy is shown through their writings. One’s upbringing has a large effect on their future. From an early age, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X’s life were very unalike. Martin Luther King Jr. grew up in a secure family, with two loving parents, and two siblings. He found inspiration in his father, who fought against racial prejudice. King attended a public high school and was very intelligent able to graduate early to enroll at Morehouse College at the age of 15. Martin Luther King Jr. followed in his grandfather's footsteps and became a Baptist Minister. He went on to marry Coretta Scott and had four children with her. Martin Luther King Jr.’s first leadership role in a civil rights

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