MLK v. Malcolm X

How did their life experiences affect how they led?

MLK Jr.

After watching the movie trailer for Selma and reading about his background, list FIVE major life events that helped shape their role in the African American freedom struggle. Consider areas such as family, religion, education, and experiences with whites while growing up.
Selma Official Trailer #1 (2015) - Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr. Movie HD
Martin Luther King Jr I Have A Dream speech with text

Malcolm X

After watching the movie trailer for Malcolm X and reading the background, list FIVE major events that helped shape their role in the African American freedom struggle. Consider areas such as family, religion, education, and experiences with whites while growing up.
Malcolm X (1992) Official Trailer - Denzel Washington Movie HD
Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary

Complete Part B on your handout

Read the statements and decide which man (Malcolm X or MLK Jr.) would have said these words.

Complete Part C on your handout

Read the 2 excerpts on your sheet to explore how King and Malcolm X's positions began to become more similar (converge) from 1964-1965. Answer the question on your sheet!

Part D--Malcolm X v. MLK Jr.

Read Malcolm X's letter to MLK and MLK's response to Malcolm X's death. Compare/contrast the 2 responses.


http://kingencyclopedia.stanford.edu/primarydocuments/630731-000.pdf (Malcolm X's letter)


http://www.thekingcenter.org/archive/document/statement-mlk-regarding-death-malcolm-x (MLK's response to Malcolm X death)

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. ON THE ASSASSINATION OF MALCOLM X