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After reading David Howard-Pitney’s essay “Introduction: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X in the African-American Freedom Struggle of the 1950s and 1960s” in Part One and “The Documents: Words and Themes of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X” in Part Two of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and the Civil Rights Struggle of the 1950s and 1960s: A Brief History with Documents, write an argumentative essay which answers the following question: Whose “vision” of the civil rights struggle, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s or Malcolm X’s, do you agree with more and why? Your essay must summarize both Martin Luther King, Jr.’s and Malcolm X’s “visions”. You must also use Howard-Pitney’s essay in Part One and the documents in Part Two as evidence to support your thesis. Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. were both revolutionary civil rights leaders with the same end goal of equal rights for all African Americans. The main
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Unformatted text preview: difference that existed between them was the way they went about obtaining that freedom they sought. Although Malcolm Xs vision had evolved over time, his beginning means of acquiring the removal of blacks role as second class citizens was through any means necessary. 1 Martin Luther King Jr.s vision was through civil disobedience. From my interpretation of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and the Civil Rights Struggle of the 1950s and 1960s: A Brief History with Documents, I found myself agreeing with Martin Luther King Jr.s (MLK) vision, and dream for a society where people are judged on their character, not their color. Through MLKs use of biblical language throughout his speeches, he made the quest for freedom a moral imperative. 1 Howard-Pitney, David, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and the Civil Rights Struggle of the 1950s and 1960s: A Brief History with Documents (Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2004), 21....
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