Why was Martin Luther King Jr. more significant than Malcolm X?

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The modern consciousness regarding the Civil Rights Movement is one where Dr. King is located at its center.  Dr. King is the fulcrum point from which all else in the movement rotates.  Dr. King can be seen as more significant than Malcolm X because of his ability to reach across racial lines and construct the Civil Rights Movement as a human issue.  

Prior to Dr. King, White Americans had viewed the issue of Civil Rights as a political issue, one where states rights and issues of federalism trumped all.  Yet, Dr. King placed the Civil Rights debate in moralistic terms.  Invoking Gandhian...

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Malcolm X isn't neccesarily more significant than Martin Luther King Jr., it is just they did different things for Black rights. Malcom X preached for black rights, but he wanted violence, which caused the rise of the black power movement. Although, later on he became a muslim, he advocated for peace, and was later assinated in 1965. Martin Luther King Jr. was very peaceful and preached for black rights, but through non-violence. Such as marches and speeches to help unify the people to accquire rights through peace. They both had different ways of preaching, but they preached for the same reason, black rights. Dr.Martin Luther King Jr's method was more effective, and everyone remebers his I have a dream speech, which is why we remember him more, over Malcolm X. 

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