Malcom X

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Malcom X

They were black men who had a dream, but never lived to see it fulfilled. One was a man
who spoke out to all humanity, but the world was not yet ready for his peaceful words, " I
have a dream, a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning
of it's creed… that all men are created equal." (Martin Luther King). The other, a man
who spoke of a violent revolution, which would bring about radical change for the black
race. " Anything you can think of that you want to change right now, the only way you can
do it is with a ballot or a bullet. And if you're not ready to get involved with either
only of those, you are satisfied with the status quo. That means we'll have to change."
(Malcolm X) While Martin Luther King promoted non-violence, Civil Rights, and the end to
racial segregation, a man of the name Malcom X dreamed of a separate nation.


Malcom Little was born on May 19, 1925 and came from an underprivileged home. He was a
self-taught man who received little schooling and rose to greatness on his own
intelligence and determination. The early background of Malcolm X was a large factor
responsible for the distinct different responses to American racism. During his childhood,
He was raised in a harsh atmosphere consisting of fear and anger where the seeds of
bitterness were planted resulting in his attitude effecting his decisions later in live.
Malcolm X suffered not only from abuse by whites, but also from domestic violence. His
father beat his mother and both of them abused their children. His mother was forced to
raise 8 children during the depression. After his mother had a nervous breakdown his
family was spilt up. The children were all placed in foster homes. And the burning of his
house by the Klu Klux Klan resulted in the murder of his father. Malcolm's resentment was
increased as he suffered through these hardships, and he was haunted by this early
nightmare for most of his life. From then on, he was driven by hatred and desire for
revenge.


Malcolm was first sent to a foster home and then to a reform school. After the 8th grade,
Malcolm moved to Boston where he worked various jobs and eventually became involved in
criminal activity. (Malcolm X, pg.1) In 1946 he was sentenced to prison for burglary.
While in prison, Malcolm became interested in the teachings of Elijah Muhammad, the leader
of the black Muslims also called the Nation of Islam. Malcolm spent his time in jail
educating himself and learning more about the black Muslims, who advocated racial
separation. When Malcolm was released in 1952, he joined a Black Muslim temple in Detroit
and became the most prominent spokesperson for the Nation of Islam by the early 1960's. It
was then that he took the name of Malcolm X. Ultimately he became a towering icon of
contemporary African-American culture and had a great influence on Black Americans.
(Pg.254, Reflecting Back) Malcolm X's despair about life was reflected in his angry,
pessimistic belief that equality is impossible because whites have no moral conscience. He
promoted nationalist and separatist doctrines for most of his life and believed that only
through revolution and force could blacks attain their rightful place in society.
("Malcolm X" Encarta)
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