Civil Rights Activists: Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X, And Huey Newton

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Civil Rights Activists - An Inspiration to All
American icon and former civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." This quote speaks volumes about the message that he is trying to convey towards society regarding racism. He is basically saying not to judge others just because of their skin color, but love them for who they are. We should not be too quick to judge others, and work to remove our own flaws. As a society, we should examine one based on "the content of their character." This quote is very significant and relevant to the topic, who was the most effective civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X, or Huey Newton?" When considering this question, I had to look at each civil rights leader and their contribution to ultimately ending/limiting racism. All three of the civil rights activists have contributed there time and effort, to ending a very important cause, such as racism. I believe that, throughout his lifetime, Martin Luther King Jr. was the most effective/important civil rights leader of his era, among Malcom X and Huey Newton.
Throughout his life, Malcolm X had made the best out of what he had and dedicated his time and effort fighting against racism, proving to be one of the most important figures. In May of 1925, Malcolm X was born in University Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. At an early age Malcolm is ambitious, one day telling his teacher that his goal is to one day become a lawyer,
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"...the teacher recommends becoming a carpenter instead, as being a lawyer is not a realistic goal for a "nigger"" (quote from internet source). Growing up was hard for Malcolm in a home of seven brothers and sisters, barely getting by in a world of discrimination throughout his childhood. His mother was later declared legally insane, and was forced to split up with his family and move into foster homes. Malcolm later moved to New York, where he enjoyed the nightlife and eventually fell into a life of trouble, which included gambling, robbery, selling drugs, etc. He was later sentenced to prison for eight to ten years for stealing a watch. After his release from jail he immediately became an African-American public speaker, and civil rights activist who fought for the rights of African Americans. "In 1959, Malcolm X traveled to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Nigeria, and Ghana. He founded the newspaper Muhammad Speaks. In July of that year, a television...

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