Malcom X/Martin Luther King Jr. During the past century America has faced many problems in society. But one problem that is here and continues to grow is racism. It has made a big impact on Americans and our country. Two main black leaders that evolved because of racism were Martin Luther King and Malcom X. Although these men shared some similarities, they also had a lot of differences some of the similarities is that they both had a dream, but they never lived to see it fulfilled.
One was a man who spoke out to all humanity, but the world was not yet ready for his peaceful words. 'I have a dream, a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed... that all men are created equal.' (Martin Luther King) The other, a man who spoke of a violent revolution, which would bring about radical change for the black race. 'Anything you can think of that you want to change right now, the only way you can do it is with a ballot or a bullet.
And if you " re not ready to get involved with either one of those, you are satisfied with the status quo. That means we " ll have to change you.' (Malcom X) While Martin Luther King promoted non-violence, civil rights, and the end to racial segregation, a man of the name of Malcom X dreamed of a separate nation a nation of islam. Where as King was full of love, peace, respect, and compassion for his fellow white brother, Malcom X was full of hate, anger, and vengeance. He was a dark presence, an angry, cynical, implacable man whose good will or forgiveness or even pity the white race could neither earn nor buy. 'Coffee,' he once said in an interview, 'is the only thing I like integrated.' Martin Luther King's was exposed to influences that related Christian theology to the struggles of oppressed peoples. At Morehouse, Croze r, and Boston University, he studied the teachings on nonviolent Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi.
But even though they had all these differences, Martin Luther King and Malcom X shared a similar dream. A dream that one day their people would be able to be free from the bondage of prejudice and racism, in which they were held captive. A dream that their children would be able to live in a world where they would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. Although they differed greatly on their philosophies of the means in which they tried to obtain their goal, they shared a common struggle. It was pain that laid so deep within their hearts and souls, that it drove them to speak out to a country whose ears were not yet ready to listen, and whose minds could not stretch to comprehend their radical and meaningful messages..