Civil Rights Leaders

In the 20th century, there were several people who fought for human rights and civil rights in the United States of America. They were too many and it is hard to even find someone who really portrays a good personality and should be regarded as the best. Each one of this people fought for not themselves only but for the people around the Americas.

The raging issue Racial Discrimination among the African-Americans or Black Americans was the real reason why there were several people from the United States of America who were being courageous to go in the streets and take their chance to shout and address the authorities and even the whole America of fairness and equality. Two from this generation would definitely be Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcom X, who were both civil rights activists in the latter half of the 20th century and both were Black Americans.

One was a black man who advocated non-violence in fighting for their rights and the other was a black man who was also part of the religion Islam and once thought that he was deceived by Elijah Muhammad. Both were fighting for their rights as a human person and for the people to treat them equal regardless of the color and the race that they were included. Although fighting for their rights resulted to a number of threats, neither one of them said no and easily five up, rather, they stood up in the crowd and called for more support. Martin Luther King Jr.

was one of the people who fought with the black people of America until the end. He was so brave enough that many people had supported him and like Rosa, he also tried to fight for equal rights. He was one of the most prominent black leaders that America has. He took several steps in creating a nation of people who are equal, not minding what color their skins have and what kind of race their came from (Heroism Stories and Biographies, 2000). On the other hand, in May 1925, a leader was born. He was named Malcolm Little but later changed his surname in X when he converted to Islam.

He was part of the NOI or Nation of Islam but in the latter part of his grown up life, he left the organization and formed his own and named it Muslim Mosque Inc. (Estate of Malcolm X). The issue of Racism in America was not a good thing and it caused too many riots and too many lives. While there are people who were trying their best to be fair and treat each other was normal human beings, there are some who placed themselves up in the pedestal for them to be looked up and for them to crush the one underneath him.

What Martin Luther King and Malcolm X fought for was not just because they had enough and they don’t want to be treated that way but instead, they stood for the rest of the African-American race and had been courageous enough to fight for their rights as citizens of the United States of America and at the same time, as human beings and children of God. Martin Luther King who was a pastor never did try to hurt anyone but he asked for equality while Malcolm X, a separatist, wanted more power for the black people and not just equality and fairness.

He wanted to be separated with the white Americans who are too demanding and unfair. It’s not just equality and fairness that he was fighting for but “Rights” of having freedom, of being free from the oppressive America (Simkin, John, 2008). Both of them had a different view regarding the issue of racism but in the end, both tried to fight for the rights of the black people only that, they both have a different way and right now, it doesn’t matter who among the two had a wise strategy.

What matters right now is that their courageous act during those years somehow brought a good effect among the rest of the Black Americans and moved them in fighting for their rights. In the end, what they fought for was merely not for themselves alone but for the majority of the black people so that there will be no barriers anymore and that they will live in peace and harmony.


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