Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X Comparison

Yet, amid their being part of the same oppressed and marginalized (black) race, King and Malcolm’s views and standpoints on certain things also have patches of differences—as they were, as some would refer them to, in a situation of ‘butting heads together’. However, their philosophies, though with a kind of divergence, have been greatly treasured and applied in today’s context (Harvey).On grounds of looking into the major contributions of the two significant men aforementioned, this account aims to further comprehend on what King and Malcolm’s major accomplishments’ impacts—or at some point, effects—to the society, not only immediately during the 20th century, but also on the proceeding era following such. Moreover, in the light of providing a comprehensive discussion on Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, this also provides an extensive comparison between the two prior to their social environment and embraced philosophies, especially on the notion with regard to the fight of the Blacks for their civil rights.There were noticeable differences in the way how Martin Luther King and Malcolm X grew before they became prominent leaders of the blacks. As Dr. Arthur Lewin had stated, King came from a favorable middle-class Black family in the largest city in the South, while Malcolm’s family was part of the underprivileged blacks during that time. In addition, King’s family was an established name in Atlanta, that amid the segregation that had persisted, he was still able to be well-educated. On one hand, Malcolm had not gone to any educational institution, but had only relied on his inherent intelligence which was further developed through homeschooling (Swain). According to the Nobel Foundation of 1964, King, being a Baptist Church pastor, was a strong civil right for the blacks’ advocate, who had actively been involved in various organizations advocating for the welfare of the “colored people.”