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MLK and Malcolm X Different Tactics Same Results Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X grew up in different environments King was raised in a comfortable middle-class family where education was firmly stressed Malcolm X on the other hand came from an underprivileged home where education was not such a big deal Malcolm X was a self taught man who received little schooling and rose to greatness on his own due to his own intelligence and determination The early backgrounds of the two were clearly responsible for the distinct different responses to their fight against American racism With King being a well-educated man he had read up on non-violence and would use non-violence as the tactic of the Civil Rights Movement in which he led Malcolm X however chose self-defense and violence as the method for getting his point across Although Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X used different methods they were both after the same thing and that was racial and social equality for all races Martin Luther King Jr was born into a family whose name was already well established in Atlanta GA Kings parents made sure that their child was secured and well taken care of Malcolm X however was raised in a completely different atmosphere He was raised in an atmosphere of fear and anger where his seeds of bitterness were planted When Malcolm X his name was Malcolm Little at this point in time was small his family was force to move to Michigan due to constant harassment from the Klu Klux Klan Once the family arrived in Michigan things only seemed to get worse His father was killed his mother had a nervous breakdown and was placed in mental hospital and the rest of his family was split up Malcolm was haunted by this early nightmare for most of his life From that point in his life hatred and a desire for revenge drove him
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