Message To The Grass Roots Speech Analysis

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defense among his people. Blacks should not associate with whites and he urged them to show love for themselves instead. Separation was freedom, integration was not. Malcolm said the March on Washington was too friendly to whites. He believed it accomplished nothing and criticized the march before it even took place. Two months later, Malcolm gave his “Message to the Grass Roots” speech and formed the Freedom Now party. During his speech, he mentioned breaking with Muhammad. He wanted blacks to become unified and focus on a common enemy together. This nightmare image was derived from the life that Malcolm lived.
Malcolm’s nightmare and Martin’s dream were primarily defined by two distinct religious traditions in the African-American Community. One
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King was a Christian in the black Baptist tradition but he also had a long experience among black Protestant liberals. He believed America was a Christian nation and had failed to live up to its destiny. His faith was derived primarily from people’s suffering and struggling in a society where whites talked of freedom and justice, while blacks experienced slavery and segregation. Black Christians, on the other hand, believed that God did not condone whites mistreating blacks. They believed all men and women were created to live and share this planet equally among one another. King’s faith was found mainly in his preaching and not through his writing. He believed that Christ was with him wherever he went. He also believed in three Christian virtues: justice, love and hope. These three themes shaped the heart of King’s faith and theology. King's commitment to nonviolence came from Christianity. King always believed that black people were Americans and were equal to whites. He felt as though faith could bring change in to the world. King often used the word Zeitgeist to refer to his belief that “the universe is under control of a loving purpose, and
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