The Legacy Of Malcolm X: Legendary American Muslim

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Malcolm X- Legendary American Muslim
Ranaz Wilson
Central High School Abstract
When you hear Malcolm X, what do you think about? Jailbird, Muslim, or just another famous person who’s remembered because he or she was assassinated? Malcolm X, or should I say El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz was not only a Muslim but a great minister and powerful activist. When it comes down to the Islamic People, They look at Malcolm X how America looks at Elvis Presley. As I was researching Malcolm X, I learned a couple of things from him. Some people didn’t respect the things Malcolm did, but I do. He always did what was right, what was expected, and achieved great feats throughout his life. For his actions and doings, Malcolm X’s legacy lives on forever.
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Malcolm would outline him as “the first man I ever seen command total respect with words”. When he began perusal, he picked up a lot of knowledge. Several of his siblings started to send him letters telling him about the Nation of Islam, which was founded July 4, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan. In one of the letters he received, he was told not to eat pork and stop smoking cigarettes. Looking for change and forgiveness, those were a couple of things Malcolm stop doing. In 1948, Malcolm joined the Nation of Islam. He even wrote a letter to Elijah Muhammad, the leader and main person of the Nation of Islam. Muhammad advised Malcolm to renounce his past, bow to Allah, and promise to never commit any more crimes. In 1950, he wrote a letter to President Truman expressing opposition about the Korean War and declaring himself a communist. The FBI even viewed this letter. Later that year, he dropped his last name and replaced it with “X”, stating that “replaced the white slave master name” and the Muslims “X” symbolized the true African family name that he could never know. He kept reading and developing in prison until August of 1952 when he paroled. Malcolm was dedicated to spread the word of the Nation of Islam to people all over the world after his release. He visited Elijah Muhammad in Chicago where he first met this great and inspiring leader. In June of 1953, he …show more content…
Malcom started hearing rumors that Muhammad was having affairs with young secretaries of the Nation, which was a very serious violation of the teachings of Muhammad. After denying the rumors, Malcolm X later spoke with Elijah Muhammad’s son Wallace, who told Malcolm the truth. With that being said, the rumors were confirmed. Because Malcolm X was now a media favorite, some members of the Nation seen Malcolm as a threat to Elijah Muhammad’s leadership. When Louis Lomax wrote his book about the Nation, When the Word Is Given, He included a great number of photos of Malcolm X but only one photo of Elijah Muhammad which made him very upset. On March 8, 1964, Malcolm X announced his break from the Nation of Islam saying he’s a still a “Muslim” but felt the nation has “gone as far as it can” because of its inelastic teachings. He now became a Sunni Muslim. After leaving the Nation of Islam, he founded the Muslim Mosque Inc., a religious organization, and Organization of Afro-American Unity, a secular group that promoted Pan-Africanism. In April 1964, he flew to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia as the start of his Hajj, the Pilgrimage to Mecca. He visited Africa a second time and met officials, gave interviews, and spoke on radio and television while exploring the continent of Africa. He also visited Paris and the United Kingdom. Throughout 1964, Malcom X was commonly threatened by the Nation of Islam. On February 14,

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