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Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X: A Common Solution?

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Much has been made of the differences between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. But was there any common ground between them? Class members reconsider what they think they know about these two civil rights leaders with biographical materials and primary source documents that focus on their philosophies, tactics, and legacies.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Include in a study of Civil Rights leaders and/or as part of a Black History Month unit
  • If class sets of Haley's The Autobiography of Malcolm X and Carson's The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. are not available, assign the designated chapters to several individuals and have them report their findings to the class
Classroom Considerations
  • Instructors should be prepared to discuss the profound effect Malcolm X's conversion to Islam and his journey to Mecca had on his philosophy and tactics
  • Challenges learners' preconceived notions and reveals how the philosophies of these men changed and evolved over time
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