The Autobiography of Malcom X by Alex Haley

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told by Alex Haley is about a man who forever changed America. Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little and also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz spoke out against the effects of discrimination, racism and segregation. He went through many different stages in his life as he fought for equal treatment of colored individuals. The three stages that really changed the way Malcolm X thought were his experiences while incarcerated, his entering into the religion of Islam by following Elijah Muhammad, and the biggest turning point in his life, his first and last pilgrimage to the holy Islamic city of Mecca. In all of Malcolm teachings, in his transformations and actions we can derive different viewpoints. While Malcolm X was incarcerated he had completed his first transformation in life. Like many past greats, they all suffered a low point in their lives. Malcolm X’s low point was when he was into the usage of drugs, hustling, and money. He became so focused on making a lot of money, so much so that he and some of his friends decided to rob a house of an elderly white man. Malcolm and his friends were immediately caught for the crime and not only were they charged but were also charged with having sexual intercourse with white women. A white woman having any sort of sexual relation with a colored individual was extremely frowned upon. Malcolm and his friend, who went by the nickname, "Shorty" were found guilty and sentenced to six years behind
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