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By Lewis V. Baldwin

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ISBN-13: 9780813024578

There isn't any extra targeted source in regards to the dating among Martin King and Malcolm X. The intensity of scholarship during this quantity extends even to the intense volume of data relegated to footnotes, themselves a gold mine of documentation for all readers drawn to the interface among religion claims, politics, and social and cultural transformation.

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44 When all is considered, the rigidly segregated South put Martin in a better position than Malcolm to escape the cultural influences of whites, a point that helps explain why Martin remained more firmly rooted in the black church. But the lure of materialism and the ethnocentric standards of white society proved too strong for the young men to resist. While in his teens, Malcolm conked his hair, dressed in zoot suits, and dated white women, actions he later regarded as steps toward self-degradation.

56 Out of the Dark Past / 25 Although surrounded at Morehouse by professors and students who reflected and affirmed the best in black culture, Martin probably would have had as many questions as Malcolm when confronted with Du Bois’s claims concerning the African roots of slave religion and art. This would not have been unusual for a young black intellectual at a time when leading scholars saw virtually nothing of intrinsic value in African societies, and when Melville J. 57 Martin studied both Du Bois’s and Herskovits’s conclusions on the persistence of African cultural practices and values among his people, and in a paper written at Morehouse he commented on Herskovits’s analysis of the ritualistic value of vodun dance in Haitian culture but apparently did not subscribe to any pronounced view of the African cultural heritage.

31 Malcolm and Martin subscribed to some variant of this conviction as youngsters, one that had immeasurable implications in a society where images of black inferiority shimmered before their people at virtually every turn. Their great love for sports, particularly boxing, in which fighters like Jack Johnson and Joe Louis had inspired race pride by demonstrating their ability to defeat whites, emerged out of this context. Growing up in environments where sports were essential to a consideration of culture, Malcolm and Martin played football and basketball, and they understood the embarrassment that could result from losing in any one-on-one competition with whites their age and size.

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