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Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X were both African American leaders during the 50s and 60s that tried to make things better for other African Americans Though their views were very different they did a lot of things for their people Martin Luther King Jr believed that violence did not help the problem it added to it but Malcolm X was known for his by any means necessary approach Martin Luther King Jr had enormous impact on the desegregation of the United States in the 1960s He had arguable the largest impact of any civil rights leader of his time King began his civil rights activities in 1955 when he protested Montgomerys segregated bus system The protest was started after an African American bus passenger by the name of Rosa Parks was arrested after failing to give up her seat to a white passenger After the arrest African Americans encouraged others to boycott the Montgomery bus system They formed a secret group called the Montgomery Improvement Association and elected King their leader The groups protest worked and soon the bus lines no longer had segregated rules and African Americans no longer boycott the buses In the same year that the bus boycott was ended Kings house was bombed by angry whites intent on killing King They were unsuccessful and no one in the house was hurt and King was in no way swayed stopped from insisting on nonviolent protests In 1957 along with several other black ministers King formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to expand the nonviolent battle against discrimination In 1957 segregation existed in every state in one way or another but mostly in the south In the year of 1960 King moved himself and his family to Montgomery to devote more of his effort towards the work of the SCLC The beginning of the 60s was a time when segregation protests increased in an amazing number In 1960 Black College students
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