Frederick Douglas and Malcolm x

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Men of the Movements

Frederick Douglas and Malcolm X were two men who were very important to Americans, especially those of African descent. These men made important speeches and organized special movements that eventually led to the beneficial changes of the Civil Rights Movements. The powerful words helped unify the United States to its present state, and better the world for all people.

Frederick Douglass was a freed slave who passed from master to master until he finally found the satisfaction of being his own. Frederick Douglass, being intelligent and endowed with the gift to influence, he brought a sharp perspective on the blights of racism and slavery. He was also blessed with an eye that could bring different perspectives into focus and he had the ability to translate in the most articulate fashion between the worlds of the black man and white man. Along these lines Douglass' role is a major one, for relatively few first-hand accounts of slavery as powerful and representative as his exist, and in light of the magnitude of the crime, and few voices have been as far-reaching.

A more recent successor of this is Malcolm X, who has carried the torch further.

Malcolm X was probably one of the most controversial aspects in the civil rights movement. Malcolm X had become a member of the Nation of Islam in his earlier years. Malcolm was a very influential priest for the Nation of Islam. Malcolm X questioned some of the views and beliefs of the Nation of Islam, which made Mr. Mohammed and the rest of the Nation angry. This forced Malcolm to travel on a journey overseas to find out what his true beliefs were. When he reached Arabia, he found that it was a different society than that of which Elijah Mohammed...