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Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Author: David Bird

CA HSS 11.10.4 Examine the roles of civil rights advocates (e.g., A. Philip Randolph, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Thurgood Marshall, James Farmer, Rosa Parks), including the significance of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and “I Have a Dream” speech.

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Civil Rights Leaders: Martin Luther King, Jr. & Malcolm X

Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., were both leaders in the movement for civil rights during the 1950-60s.  They were both advocates for the same cause, but they both believed in taking different approaches to advance their cause. 

How are the views between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., different?  Get a better understanding of these two men by taking a look around this site!

Source: (2018). A New Civil Rights Movement. Retrieved from

Martin Luther King, Jr., interview.

Source: Interview. (n.d.) Dr. King: Nonviolence is the Most Powerful Weapon. YouTube. Retrieved from

Malcolm X interview.

Source: Interview. (1965). "Malcolm X on Front Page Challenge" CBC. Retrieved from

Read the famous speech by Martin Luther King, Jr.


Source: King, M.L. (1963). "I Have A Dream..." March on Washington. Retrieved from

Now that you've taken a closer look at both of these men's views, write down how their views are different using a T-chart like the one below.  

Print this out or draw a T-chart on your paper.  Then, write down Malcolm X's views on one side and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s on the other side.