Martin Luther King and Malcolm X both fought for change. What were the similarities and differences between them?

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The major difference between these two men was their attitude (at least until late in Malcolm X’s life) towards white people and integration.  King believed that all people are brothers and sisters and that they should get along with one another.  He believed in integration and welcomed white people in the civil rights movement.  By contrast, Malcolm X was a black nationalist.  He believed in African American self-sufficiency and initially taught that white people were evil.  The only real similarity between the two (until after Malcolm X’s pilgrimage to Mecca) was that both were African American leaders who wanted to improve the lot of their people.