In 1925, Malcolm Little was born the fourth of eight children of a fragile West Indian woman and a fiery black preacher devoted with equal heat to the Baptist gospels and the secular teachings of the nationalist Marcus Garvey. When Malcolm’s father was found nearly beaten to death, Malcolm’s family soon broke apart, and Malcolm wounded up in foster care of a white couple. He dropped out of school as soon as eighth grade, ran away east to Boston and later Harlem, and drifted through a series of menial jobs into the zoot-suited, bop-gaited life of a street hustler. This lifestyle eventually led Malcolm to trouble with the law and was sent to prison for an eight to ten-year sentence for burglary. While in prison, Malcolm changed his life through the teachings of Muhammad of the Nation of Islam. Malcolm became an advocate preacher of the Nation of Islam for many years before denouncing his faith due to major conflicts. Malcolm may never have hated all white people with that uncritical religious passion he brought to his ministry in the Nation of Islam; in his last months he renounced Muhammad’s teachings as a racist “straightjacket” and apologized to black America for having repeated them. Although, Malcolm is especially known for his outspoken opinions on white America and how it abuses black America. He wanted to reveal to black people their worth as men and women and their competence to find their own way. There is a lot of controversy around Malcolm’s assassination, and who was responsible for it. Even so, Malcolm represented a lot of the black community and his teachings still remain prevalent in today’s society.
You can research more about Malcolm X by reading his autobiography and views numerous documentaries and movies illustrating his story. Below is the cover of his autobiography along, and if you click the book, you will be directed to purchase it on Amazon.
“You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.” – Malcolm X
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