An introduction to the lives and achievements of martin luther king and malcolm x

Malcolm x and martin luther king

Muhammad ; the son told Malcolm X about his skepticism toward his father's "unorthodox approach" to Islam. Malcolm X parted ways from the organization in and undertook the hajj —the traditional Islamic pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. However, King and Malcolm X were unable to meet during his visit, as King and hundreds of others had been arrested days earlier while leading a protest march. Thanks for watching! John F. He was still a Muslim, he said, but felt that the Nation had "gone as far as it can" because of its rigid teachings. It was this campaign for economic justice that led King to Memphis, Tennessee, in April , the scene of a strike by sanitation workers for better pay and equal opportunities. He and the Nation of Islam were described as hatemongers, black supremacists, racists, violence-seekers, segregationists, and a threat to improved race relations. Turning to an ascetic way of life and reading widely, he began to overcome the degradation he had known.

He was still a Muslim, he said, but felt that the Nation had "gone as far as it can" because of its rigid teachings. On the second of two visits to Africa inhe addressed the Organization of African Unity known as the African Union sincean intergovernmental group established to promote African unity, international cooperation, and economic development.

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After his assassination, the widespread distribution of his life story— The Autobiography of Malcolm X —made him an ideological hero, especially among black youth. The almost painful honesty that enabled him to find his way from degradation to devotion to his people, the modest lifestyle that kept him on the edge of poverty, and the distance he somehow managed to put between himself and racial hatred serve, in that volume, as poignant reminders of human possibility and achievement.

He said he was planning to organize a black nationalist organization to "heighten the political consciousness" of African Americans.

An introduction to the lives and achievements of martin luther king and malcolm x

He also criticized the mainstream civil rights movement, challenging Martin Luther King, Jr. Malcolm X was assassinated on February 21, , at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem , New York, by members of the Nation of Islam —the religious group to which he had once belonged. Butler, today known as Muhammad Abdul Aziz, was paroled in and became the head of the Nation's Harlem mosque in ; he maintains his innocence. The motion was taken from a statement made earlier that year by U. Earl Little, a Baptist minister and former supporter of the early black nationalist leader Marcus Garvey , died after being hit by a streetcar, quite possibly the victim of murder by whites. The Nation of Islam, which had sent a message of condolence to the Kennedy family and ordered its ministers not to comment on the assassination, publicly censured their former shining star. He also noted that his attacks on King may have served a purpose, drawing the attention of white Americans towards his more radical beliefs and approach, making King and his moderate positions a more acceptable alternative. He continued his activism even after leaving the Nation. More than 70 backup officers arrived. A large crowd of angry Muslims came outside from the mosque.

His time in prison would be an inflection point for the philosophical and political trajectory of his life. Although he continued to criticize King, he also met privately with Coretta Scott Kingstating his desire to work more closely with the non-violent movement.

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He became a loyal disciple and adopted X—symbolic of a stolen identity—as his last name.

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Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X Only Met Once