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  1. Introduction
  2. Noteworthy personalities before the civil rights movements
  3. The pioneers: King and Douglass
  4. The American media the federal government and corporate America
  5. Martin King and Malcolm X against each other
  6. Malcolm X's return to the United States
  7. The ideology of the King
  8. Martin Luther King Jr: An idealist.
  9. Conclusion
  10. Works cited

Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X personify the argument regarding protest within the Civil rights Movement. The two charismatic leaders wanted civil and economic progress for the African-American community, and their differing perspectives on American society in the 1960s form the basis of their respective strategies they would enact in an attempt to combat ?the same evil-racism-for the same goal-freedom for African-Americans?. (Cone 2) However, both leaders would change course during the 1960s, particularly near their assassinations. James Cone, professor of Theology at Union Theological Seminary and author of Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare, in the aforesaid text highlights the transformation the title figures undergo during their lives and careers. Despite the fact that the goals, methods, and reasonable expectations surrounding the careers of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X were initially in contrast, a number of factors contributed to the eventual fusion of ideologies between the two civil rights leaders.

[...] This quote from King's 1963 speech demonstrates how easily the media could create a public image of him as a harmless, optimistic dreamer who preaches nonviolence and is no real throat to the status quo. Until the end of his life, King believed the aforementioned quote. The media was simultaneously contorting Malcolm X into the villain of the civil rights movement. He was presented to white America as dangerous, violent, racist, and a true threat if given too much power and support. [...]


[...] (Cone Before the civil rights movement of the fifties and sixties, there had been numerous noteworthy personalities, both black and white, who had argued in favor of black civil rights. William Lloyd Garrison was a white abolitionist from Boston who published an anti-slavery newspaper called The Liberator. Garrison was tarred and feathered for his views and nearly died. He was punished for promulgating his views in a city notorious for its liberalism some six hundred miles away from the nearest slave-operated plantation. [...]


[...] Martin King was named Time Magazine's of the Year? in 1963, and was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 1964. He met with prominent whites and spoke before a variety of audiences. He was well dressed, well spoken, defied all African-American stereotypes, preached Henry David Thoreau's ?Essay on Civil Disobedience?, and studied the life of Mahatma Ghandi. The American media embraced his approach. Most American households knew of Martin Luther King Jr. by 1960, and politicians and individuals with interest in big business who operate behind the American curtain were satisfied with King. [...]

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