Malcolm X

TUCKER AMERICAN HISTORY 3A

Malcolm X
The Early Years

Tyson Wilson
3/4/2013

"I don't call it violence when it's in self-defense. I call it intelligence." That was Malcolm X's life motto. If someone throws a rock at you, then you pick one up and throw it right back. Malcolm X was an African American who was heavily involved in the Civil Rights Movement and also the Islamic Nation. He was the minister of Islamic churches after joining the Nation while he was in prison. Though he had a lot of wrongs in his life, he also made many positive actions that would affect history forever.
Malcolm X was originally born as Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska on May 19, 1925. His mother, ...

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home in Lansing, Michigan was burned to the ground. Exactly two years after that, Earl Little was found dead, lying across the local train tracks. The police labeled both crimes as "accidents" but Malcolm and his family knew what had really happened; they knew the Black Legion was responsible. Louise started having emotional breakdowns for many years after Earl's death and was later put into a mental hospitality. Her children were split up and put into foster homes or orphanages. (A Fire Burning Brightly, 3)
Malcolm was a very smart student. He graduated from junior high with the number one ranking in his class. However, when Malcolm told his favorite teacher that his dream of becoming a lawyer was not a realistic goal for an African American, Malcolm lost interest in school. He would soon drop out and then move to Boston, Massachusetts working random, odd-ball jobs. A few years he traveled to Harlem, New York where he began starting his series of petty crimes. By 1942 Malcolm ...

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that he had dropped his original name. (By Any Means Necessary, 8)
Malcolm was named as a minister and a national spokesperson for the Nation of Islam because of how smart and well-spoken. Elijah Muhammad also gave him the responsibility of creating new mosques in poorer cities in America like Detroit and Harlem. Malcolm took advantage of newspapers, the radio, and television to relay the NOI's message all over the United States. His passion and dedication attracted a mind-blowing number of new members. Malcolm was given credit for boosting membership from 500 members in 1952 to 30,000 members in 1963. (The Biographer Channel, 8)
The controversy that had surrounded Malcolm made him a ...

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