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Civil rights Land of the Free The United States was founded on the principles of freedom and democracy But the failure of our founding fathers to expel the racist nature of our society This nature led to the American Civil War and the Black American Civil Rights movement of the 1960s Oppressed nation wide African-Americans needed leaders for their struggle for true equality These leaders were Dr Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X Though both were sons of Southern Baptist preachers their situations led them to lead starkly contrasting lives Dr King with his gospel of non violence and peace gave him much more white support but Malcolm X and his self called realistic doctrine gained surprising support for the Nation of Islam The two wanted different things but both called for an end to injustice in the United States Dr Martin Luther King Jr was a born in Atlanta Georgia His family was well off and he led a fairly comfortable life His home life was very strong and Dr King was impressed with the way his father stood up to white racists He entered college at Morehouse in Atlanta determined to help his people In contrast Malcolm Little was not as well off His family was forced by racists out of his home in Omaha and they found similar difficulties in Lansing Michigan Malcolms father was killed when he was very young and this led to his eventual life on the streets He developed a feeling of racial inferiority on the streets Malcolm Little used drugs dated a white woman and even straightened his hair to appear whiter This life of drugs and crime led to the inevitable and Malcolm ended up in prison It was in prison that he became Malcolm X He began to educate himself rapidly and under the teachings of a fellow inmate converted to the Nation of Islam After he was released from prison Malcolm X
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