Martin Luther King's Speech Change According To Malcolm X

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Martin Luther King Jr. was a peaceful person who advocated for equality. In his collections of speeches and writings in I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World, edited by James Melvin Washington, King shows how he studied non-violence resistance from the teachings of Gandhi. He advocates for equality through peace because he believes it to be more effective than in hateful acts. His speeches and writings urge readers to consider aspects of human experiences that involve equal rights for everyone. Malcolm X was similar to King in them both wanting equality. However, X believe that complete separation of the black and white communities would bring about equality for all. In X’s speech, “The Ballot or the Bullet” he encourages people that the black nationalist should take a stand for their own people. He is a bit extreme when he calls out white people and their behaviors towards people outside of their race.…show more content…
His theme for equality with non-violence resistance reflects his attitude to be peaceful. In his belief, King noticed that his actions could eventually lead to “a transformation and change of heart” (King 44) in the opponent. King talked about his journey to India and how he realized that there are people all over the world that are struggling for their freedom, just like the people in America. He noticed how easily it was to be overcome by hate, but to truly be free is to be at peace with the conflicts. Malcom X on the other hand was overcome with hate. He wanted separation from the white man and he believe that the black nationalist should be the ones who take over and provide equality for themselves. X wanted equality just as King wanted equality, the difference between them was that X believe in more aggressive resistance compared to a peaceful nonviolent
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