Malcolm X: Deviant or Hero?
Malcolm X was born May 19, 1925, and he was assassinated on February 21, 1965. Malcolm X was a Muslim leader and Civil Rights leader. He was born Malcolm Little to Earl Little and Louise Norton, who were both activists in the Universal Negro Improvement Association. Malcolm X was a bright student but was very bitter towards white authority figures. X quit school after a teacher said that his desire to become a lawyer was not a “realistic goal for a nigger.” In 1941, he went to live with his half sister, Ella Collins, in Boston, Massachusetts. While in Boston he worked a variety of railroad jobs but he also became increasingly involved in selling drugs and running numbers. Malcolm X was arrested in 1946
…show more content…
And as they took it over, it lost its militancy. It ceased to be angry, it ceased to be hot, it ceased to be uncompromising," referring to Dr. King and other political leaders. Malcolm X was big on action, more than words. In 1964, Malcolm X broke with the Nation of Islam and formed his own group, Muslim Mosque, Inc. He also started practicing orthodox Islam because of his trip to Mecca and seeing all colors of Muslims worshipping together, and realizing that all whites were not devils. Upon returning too the United States, X announced that he adopted a Muslim name, el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, and that he was in the process of forming a new political group, the Organization of Afro-American Unity, in order to bring together all levels of the African-American freedom struggle. In February 1965, Malcolm X traveled to Alabama to address young activists involved in a voting rights campaign. He attempted to meet with Dr. King but he was incarcerated; instead he met with Coretta Scott King, and explained to her, "If white people realize what the alternative is, perhaps they will be more willing to hear Dr. King." Even though X’s civil rights ties strengthened, he acquired many new enemies. The U.S government viewed X as a renegade, and the FBI worked to undermine his influence. In addition, some of his former Nation of Islam peers deemed X as a traitor and attempted