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Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X were both respected ministers and established leaders of the African-American people Although most whites often say that they were like oil and water these two men how different they may have seemed to be had the same goal They wanted to end exploitation discrimination and racism Both had been deeply influenced by their fathers especially by their religion and attitude towards whites Malcolm emerged from the black underclass in the northern ghettos to a spokesman for the poor blacks following the teachings of Islam and holding on to black nationalism He demanded justice and that African-Americans should be respected as human-beings Therefore blacks first had to love themselves to build up their self-consciousness Martin who had been raised in a middle-class family of the South had gone to college and made his PhD and became active in the civil rights movement like his father As a Baptist minister his major emphasis was on love and non-violence To gain full rights he advocated non-violent direct action and was an upholder of passive resistance but not of self-defense like Malcolm He married Coretta Scott King in 1953 She was also active in the civil rights struggle and raised their two sons and two daughters Malcolm met his wife Betty whom he married in 1958 in the Nation of Islam She had gone to college and was giving lectures to the women of the organization For many African-American males a woman whose skin-colour is rather light is a kind of status-symbol Malcolm who had always suffered because of his red hair was one of the few who married a woman who had a darker complexion than he had because he regarded blackness as and adorable and beautiful feature The couple had six daughters of whom two were born after Malcolms death Although Malcolm and Martin loved their families they had totally devoted themselves to their movement and their church
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