James Cone, 1992

by Mark Chmiel

We should never pit them against each other. Anyone, therefore, who claims to be for one and not the other does not understand their significance for the black community, for America, or for the world. We need both of them and we need them together. Malcolm keeps Martin from being turned into a harmless American hero. Martin keeps Malcolm from being an ostracized black hero. Both leaders make important contributions to the identity of African-Americans and also, and just as importantly, to white America and Americans in general.

–James Cone, Martin, Malcolm and America: A Dream or  a Nightmare?

James Cone

James Cone; Maryknoll, NY; 1988; photo by Mev