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In the 1960s there was an uprising in United States. The black communities were beginning to realize their constitutional rights. There were two bold souls that decided to take a stand, no matter the consequences. These great men were known as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. They were both greatly influential leaders of the African-American Civil Right Movement, who strove for the same ultimate goal; however, they significantly differed in their social backgrounds, religious beliefs and ideologies.
Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X were raised in entirely different environments, which later in life had a powerful influence on their characters and their views on racism. Martin grew up in the Southern United States, where racial segregation was legally mandated in American’s apartheid system. He spent his childhood in the protective cocoon of the black community, growing up in a middle-class family where love, good values and education were generated. As a remarkable student, he skipped both the ninth and the twelfth grade and entered college at the age of fifteen. He continued to excel throughout college, graduating with two B.A. degrees in sociology and theology, and finally receiving Doctors Degree in Philosophy. His father, Martin Luther King, Sr. (quite often referred to simply as “Daddy King”) served as the first role model for young Martin Luther King Jr., and one of the principal influences in molding his personality. “Daddy King” was a preacher at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, and an early leader in the American Civil Rights Movement, whose work encouraged Martin Luther King Jr. to follow his father’s footsteps and fully commit to the movement.
On the other hand, young Malcolm was raised in the Northern states, in a very hostile environment, where he faced family violence and daily onslaught of racism. When he was just six, The Ku Klux Klan tormented his family by burning down their house and murdering his father. His mother was forced to raise…

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