Essay on Malcolm X
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. Due to his indecisiveness and early death, 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. In 1929 their house was firebombed by racists while the whole Little family was in the house. It was night and all of them were sleeping. Probably these racists were …show more content…
“On March 8, 1964, Malcolm X announced his break with the Nation of Islam” (Time-Life Books 231). A pilgrimage to Mecca had softened his views and caused him to change his name to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. “Pilgrims from all races prayed together peacefully, from blue-eyed blondes to black-skinned Africans” (Boese 5). Malcolm had learned that all white people were not racist. “Malcolm formed his own Islamic community, the Muslim Mosque, Inc” (Time-Life Books 231). He attracted national attention.
“With rumors and death threats flying, Malcolm X began keeping a loaded gun for self-defense” (Myers 170). “Although he kept it from his daughters, Malcolm would not harm my family” (Corey 3). “Initially, he asked his wife not to attend his speech at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem on February 21, 1965” (Corey 3). A week before Malcolm was killed, his house was firebombed. Malcolm was killed during that speech in Harlem.
Malcolm thought that no matter what the odds were against them, blacks wanted freedom. “There can never be any question about Malcolm’s courage or sincerity” (Margolies 170). It is a controversial question whether Malcolm was a product of the vest unrest that was brewing within many