Malcolm X : The Black Leader And Activist

1656 WordsNov 21, 20147 Pages
Malcolm X was an important black leader and activist to the African American community and Nation of Islam in the 50’s and 60’s. He had a troubled childhood growing up in a time of awful racism. His childhood experiences affected him and his decisions for many years in positive and negative ways. Malcolm X was a strong willed man with huge ideas for the civil rights of African Americans that created a huge following of people for him. He did not feel that nonviolent approaches towards civil rights would result in change and had a different and more radical way of achieving it. Towards the end of his life he made a surprising change in his life and had completely different ideas for the struggle for civil rights. Named Malcolm Little at birth, he was raised by his mom Louise and father, Earl in Omaha, Nebraska. Earl was a Baptist preacher that supported Black Nationalism. The Klu Klux Klan warned Louise to get her family out of town because of the “trouble” Earl was creating in the black community with the UNIA or the Universal Negro Improvement Association. Earl bought a house in Lansing Michigan that was burned to the ground and two years after that, Malcolm’s father was hit by a car and killed. It was rumored that the Black Legion, a white supremacist group was responsible for both tragedies but never proven. After that, his mother was declared insane and was committed to a state mental hospital for the next 26 years placing Malcolm into foster care. In school he
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