May 19th, 2010
09:55 AM ET

Malcolm and Martin, closer than we ever thought

The meeting lasted only a minute, but a photo taken of that chance encounter has tantalized admirers of both men for years to follow.

Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were portrayed as rivals when both were alive. But they had more in common than many people realize today and were moving closer toward one another when Malcolm was assassinated.

As Malcolm X’s 85th birthday is marked, we examine how Malcolm was becoming more like Martin — and Martin was becoming more like Malcolm.

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- CNN Writer

Filed under: Christianity • Culture & Science • Leaders • Muslim • Politics

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. AngieB

    Whatever your opinion may be on these 2 GREAT men, is exactly that. But they were both true leaders, not just for african americans but for other races as well. I am proud to teach my children the legacy of these men; the knowledge they shared, the courage they had, what they stood for, what they preached, what they went through and what they dreamed. There's not too many people in our history that made an impact or difference quite like they did.

    May 23, 2010 at 9:11 pm |
  2. Apeman

    The major difference was that Martin focused on Love and coming together as a whole and Malcom focused on Hate and segregation.

    May 21, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  3. Joe the Ox

    Malcolm was not a womanizer. After his conversion in prison, he lived his life in strict accordance with his beliefs. Whatever his personal foibles, violating his marriage vows was not among them. I am a Catholic of a different race than brother Malcolm, and he remains one of my heroes. Shame on you for making an accusation that no legitimate scholar or historian could support.

    May 20, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  4. FredHere

    Well, they were both men, both wore glasses, both were Black, both were womanizers....I get it.

    May 19, 2010 at 7:35 pm |
  5. dave

    I thought yo were talking about Roland Martin. I was going to say you were way off.

    May 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
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