Malcolm X Essay

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Malcolm X was one of the most prominent and controversial leaders during the civil rights era of the 1950’s and 1960’s. By the early 1960’s he had grown frustrated with the non violent, integrated struggle for civil rights and worried that blacks would ultimately lose control of their own movement. Malcolm X was a key spokesman for the nation of Islam, epitomized the “Black Power” philosophy. Malcolm became an influential leader of the nation of islam, which combined Islam with black nationalism and sought to encourage and enfranchise disadvantaged young blacks searching for confidence in segregated america. He was born May 19,1925 in Omaha, NE. His family was frequently harassed by the Ku Klux Klan before he was even born. In his early…show more content…
Dr. King once said “ I feel that Malcolm X has done himself and our people a great disservice”. Philosophical differences with Dr. King were one thin; a breach with Elijah Muhammad proved much more traumatic. In 1963, Malcolm became disillusioned when he learned his hero and mentor had violated many of his own teachings. He had multiple affairs and in fact, fathered several children in wedlock. Malcolm feeling of being betrayed led him to leave the Nation of Islam in 1964. That same year he went traveling in Africa and Middle East. The trip proved to be a turning point in his life. He learned to place the American Civil Rights Movement within the context of a global anti-colonial struggle and embracing Socialism. Malcolm X returned to the United States less angry and more optimistic about the prospects for peaceful resolution to America's race problem. He said “The true brotherhood i had seen had influenced me to recognize that anger can blind human vision”. As soon as Malcolm X appeared to be embarking on an ideological transformation with the potential to get on the right path of the Civil rights Movement, he was assassinated. On the evening of February 21,1965, at the Audobon Ballroom in Manhattan,where Malcolm X was about to deliver a speech, three gunmen rushed the stage and shot him fifteen times in black range. Malcolm was pronounced dead on arrival at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital shortly thereafter. The three men who were
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