In this Martin Luther King and Malcolm X lesson plan, students learn about the differences between Martin Luther King's and Malcolm X's strategies during the Civil Rights Movement and for empowering Black Americans. Covering the SCLC, Nation of Islam, essential beliefs of each and major events they led like the protests at Birmingham, Alabama, the March on Washington, the Poor People's March, and eventually the assassination of both fearless leaders. Students are asked to consider which strategy was more important for issues facing Black Americans in this Martin Luther King and Malcolm X lesson plan.
What Students Do
Read speeches from King and Malcolm X, answer scaffolded questions to ensure comprehension, and then create a twitter debate between the two leaders on the best way to secure Civil Rights in this dynamic Martin Luther King and Malcolm X lesson plan.