Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare

Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare

Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare

Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare


While Martin Luther King, Jr., saw America as "a dream... This groundbreaking and highly acclaimed work cuts through superficial assessments of Dr. King and Malcolm X as polar opposites to reveal two men whose visions were moving toward convergence.


I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. " I have a dream that one day... sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.... This is our hope.... With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.... This will be the day when all God's children will be able to sing with new meaning, "My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing."

Martin Luther King, Jr.
March on Washington
Washington, D.C.
28 August 1963

No, I'm not an American. I'm one of the 22 million black people who are the victims of Americanism. One of the... victims of democracy, nothing but disguised hypocrisy. So, I'm not standing here speaking to you as an American, or a patriot, or a flag-saluter, or a flag-waver— no, not I! I'm speaking as a victim of this American system. And I see America through the eyes of the victim. I don't see any American dream; I see an American nightmare!

Malcolm X
Cory Methodist Church
Cleveland, Ohio
3 April 1964 . . .

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