Malcolm X Essay

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February 21, 1965. A man in Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom was shot 15 times by 3 gun men associated with the Nation of Islam. Who was this man? Malcolm X, an 8th grade drop with a dead dad and a mentally unstable mom who started with a life of crime, but after learning about Islam, had a new outlook on things. An Ironic quote from Malcolm X is [If you're not ready to die for it, take the word 'freedom' out of your vocabulary]. Malcolm X, a devout Muslim, who saw the injustices in the Muslim African American community, used his voice to fight for equality and freedom. Malcolm X or at the time was known as “Malcolm Little” was born in Omaha, Nebraska on May 19, 1925. He was the fourth out of seven children born from his mother Louise and…show more content…
Malcolm and his brother and sisters were separated at this point and all sent to foster homes. In junior high Malcolm was determined student and achieved excellent grades and graduated at the top of his class. Malcolm once told a teacher his dream of becoming a lawyer; his teacher replied [“becoming a lawyer is no realistic goal for a nigger”]. Malcolm’s dreams were crushed, and suddenly he completely lost interest in school and dropped out. After dropping out of school, he moved to New York and committed petty crimes and became a drug dealer to support himself. Malcolm once said [“...Early in life, I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise."] After living in New York he moved to Boston with his friend Jarvis, where they were arrested. Malcolm was sentenced to 10 years on burglary charges. During his imprisonment, Malcolm used the time to further his education. Sometimes Malcolm’s Brother Reginald would visit him and talk to him about his conversion to Islam. Malcolm also studied the teaching of the NOI’s (Nation of Islam) current leader at the time, Elijah Muhammad while in prison. Malcolm learned from Muhammad how the whites were holding the African Americans back from gaining success and letting them empower themselves. Once Malcolm was paroled from prison he changed his surname from “Little” to “X” because it was believed that

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