Autobiography of Malcolm X Synopsis Essay

1413 Words Sep 9th, 2011 6 Pages
A Malcolm X Reaction Paper:

From George Washington to Rosa Parks, JFK, and countless others, the world has been blessed and challenged by various leaders. In the national bestseller, “The Autobiography of Malcolm X, as told to Alex Haley” we have the experience of being introduced into the life of a leader of such category; Mr. Malcolm X, Malcolm Little, Detroit Red, or rather El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. Throughout his autobiography, Malcolm went through several stages of his life that ultimately allowed him to clearly see the struggle of the African American man in the early 20th century. He used his experiences as a Harlemite and street hustler to gain knowledge and understanding of life as an African American male. Malcolm ultimately
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An example of this is how he told us, “I carried a hardly noticeable little flat, blue-steel .25 automatic. But for working, I carried a .32, a .38 or a .45.” Malcolm wanted the world to know his story, 100% of it, from his love life, his thug life, his good times to his bad times, and that was what mostly made the autobiography special for me. Also, Malcolm had a persuasive, entertaining, strong yet easy to understand language that he used in his speeches which I believe helped him in gaining the popularity that he had amongst the people. "It’s just like when you’ve got some coffee that’s too black, which means it’s too strong. What do you do? You integrate it with cream, you make it weak. But if you pour too much cream in it, you won’t even know you ever had coffee. It used to be hot, it becomes cool. It used to be strong, it becomes weak. It used to wake you up, now it puts you to sleep.” as said by Malcolm in 1963 in Detroit; a good example of his style.
As I made my way through the book I became highly impressed with the influence music had not only in Harlem but at every place Malcolm introduced us to. I first saw Malcolm introducing how much music and dancing were a great part of life when he talked about the school dances he had gone to in Lansing, MI. He mentioned songs such as Erskine

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