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During the twentieth century Black people faced a lot of discrimination from the whites and found it very difficult to achieve civil rights Black people were at one point denied of voting In order for blacks to achieve civil rights they needed a leader to follow Many black leaders did rise for the fight for civil rights some had some ways of thinking some had others Two of the most powerful and influential leaders of the twentieth century had to Malcolm X and Martin Luther King These two leaders had different approaches and different views towards white people but fought for the same thing Malcolm X was Born Malcolm Little in 1925 in Omaha Malcolm was six years old when his father was murdered by the Black Legion a group of white racists belonging to the KKK He changed his name to Malcolm X while in prison He was serving ten years because of a robbery Also while in prison he became a follower of Elijah Muhammad Muhammad was the leader of an group called the Nation of Islam During the 1950s Malcolm became the spokesman for the Nation Malcolm became a powerful speaker in the movement As King captured the spirit of the Southern Black Malcolm became the messiah of the ghettos of Harlem Chicago Detroit and Los Angeles Originally a small group the Nation grew rapidly under Malcolms leadership He not only spoke the words of the Koran and his spiritual adviser Elijah Muhammad but he also lived it to its fullest As the crowds grew to hear him speak so did the disapproval to his rising popularity Malcolm taught a message of self help and personal responsibility This is the message from the Nation of Islam Like the Nation he also spoke of a separate nation for Blacks only which was also the view of Marcus Garvey a leader that Malcolm followed and also the view that Black is beautiful The
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