THEY WERE MORE ALIKE THAN DIFFERENT
The Civil Writer Magazine
Malcolm X didn't provide a deep theological concern like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., about God but he was well versed about his childhood religious journeys as a Baptist, Adventist, Pentecostal, and atheist. Similar traits of Malcolm X's and Dr. King's fathers were they were born in Georgia, ministers of the gospel and early figures in the Civil Rights Movement.
Both Malcolm X and Dr. King's philosophies didn't come from Christianity but opposing factors to Christianity. Malcolm was influenced by Islam and Dr. King was heavily influenced by Mahatma Gandhi who was a Hindu.
Malcolm X said, "Even at a young age I just couldn't believe in the Christian concept of Jesus as someone divine." Martin Luther King Jr. said, "At the age of thirteen, I shocked my Sunday school class by denying the bodily resurrection of Jesus.
The year of 1964 when both Malcolm and Martin were in the struggle for black people's Civil rights before their assassinations in 65 and 68 they had similar charters to liberate black people although they had different means of going about it. But overall their theological beliefs were similar. “We’re not brutalized because we’re Baptists. We’re not brutalized because we’re Methodists. We’re not brutalized because we’re Muslims. We’re not brutalized because we’re Catholics,” Malcolm X tells a rapt audience. “We’re brutalized because we are black people in America.”
Both were family men, ministers, civil rights leaders under FBI surveillance and their homes were bombed. Neither hated the white man and as a side note dated white girls in their genial years. Malcolm X views about white people changed completely during his Hajj to Mecca where he saw all different skin colors. Martin Luther King Jr., believed they were equal and didn't condone violence against them.