Political Science | The Political Thought of Martin Luther King Jr and Malcom X
Y401 | 29656 | Hanks

Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., are arguably the two major
icons of the modern Post World War II civil rights movement.  This
course will examine their ideology and their advocacy based on their
writings, speeches, and scholarship about them.  Special emphasis will
be given to their respective transformation (King lived most of his
public life as a liberal system reformer who later called for radical
changes; Malcolm X lived most of his life as a radical system
detractor who later advocated working within the system for change) as
well as the impact of their legacy on the contemporary struggle for
African American equity.  Kings and Xs legacies will be examined in
light of the ascendancy of Barack Obama.