Malcolm X 's Impact On The Civil Rights Movement Essay

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Malcolm X is considered one of the greatest civil rights activists in history. He was known for his somewhat violent message of blacks defending themselves. Despite his original message, he eventually became more peaceful toward whites. However, as his legacy was just beginning to change things for the good, he was abruptly killed by gunmen. Malcolm X had a great, yet inadequate impact on the civil rights movement.
“Malcolm Little was born on May 19, 1925, in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Louise and Earl Little” (Barr 10). Earl and Louise Little were followers of Marcus Garvey. Little’s father fought for racial separation and more power for blacks. “Therefore he founded and was a local leader of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA)” (Rummel 3). “Little’s childhood was very harsh” (Barr 10). In 1929 his house was firebombed by racists while the whole Little family was in the house. They suspected them to be Ku-Klux-Klan members. The incoming police and firemen didn’t even try to save the house and all of them watched the house burn to the grounf. “The family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin” (Helfer 5). After the Little family settled down in a new home, things took a turn for the worst. “A call from the police one morning confirmed Louise’s worst fears: Earl Little was dead, run over by the steel wheel of a trolley car” (Helfer 10). The family then moved to Lansing, Michigan. Affected by her husband’s death, “Louise was judged insane in January 1939 and was…

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