How did the philosophies of the Black Panther Party contrast with those of Martin Luther King Jr?

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There were two major differences between these two philosophies.  First, the Black Panthers did not believe in integration like Dr. King did.  The Black Panthers were black nationalists.  They believed that African Americans should stick to themselves and be self-sufficient.  Dr. King believed that African Americans and other Americans should integrate and live essentially as one.  Second, the Black Panthers believed that violence could be a legitimate way to achieve their goals.  King believed strongly in nonviolence but the Panthers armed themselves and were willing to commit violent acts.  In these two very important ways, the Black Panthers' philosophy differed from that of Dr. King.