The Autobiography Of Malcom X


When Malcolm X was murdered in the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem on February
21, 1965, he was world-famous as "the angriest black man in America." By
that time he had completed his autobiography, so we have now the
opportunity to get information of this both hated and loved Afro-American
leader’s life at first hand. The book "The Autobiography of Malcolm X,"
which he wrote with the assistance of Alex Haley, was first published in
1965.

The Two Authors

Malcolm X did not write his autobiography on his own, but he told his life
to the journalist and novelist Alex Haley. Haley had already interviewed
Malcolm X for the Playboy magazine. Later, he asked him if he would tell
his life story for ...

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the years around 1960, the American Negroes became increasingly active
in the struggle for civil rights. The liberal, intellectual Afro-American
leaders such as Martin Luther King and their supporters, who fought for
equality of and integration among black and white, had participated in
freedom rides and protest marches to finally abolish segregation. But
suddenly, they faced opposition from not one, but two parties advocating
racism and segregation: The white racists and the so-called Black Muslims.
This radical Negro cult called "Nation of Islam" became in an astonishing
short time a nation-wide movement and a threat to the White society,
because of its radical principles such as "the white man is the devil" and
its enormous popularity. The leader of the movement was the self-nominated
"Messenger of Allah", Elijah Muhammad. But the man who made the radical
group popular was his minister Malcolm X. He gathered huge crowds of black
people and convinced them in eloquent speeches that ...

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Because of the father’s
advocacy for Garvey’s movement, the whole family was terrorised by the Ku
Klux Klan. To avoid any more harassment by these white racists, Little had
to migrate with his family to Lansing, Michigan. It did not help. The white
racists of Lansing killed Malcolm’s father and laid him on a railway track,
claiming he committed suicide. Alone and without money, Louise Little got
more and more desperate, before the white authorities sent her to a mental
hospital.

Malcolm attended school until eighth grade living with different families.
When his teacher stopped him from trying to become a lawyer, he dropped out
of school and went to his older half sister, Ella, who lived ...

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