Thesis Of Malcolm X

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“Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man,you take it.”(BrainQuotes.com) Malcolm X also known previously as Malcolm Little was exposed to much violence when he was younger. When Malcolm grew up,he never finished school, instead he went to a life of crime, while living with his half-sister. He moved to Harlem,where he ran numbers, sold drugs, later caught and sentenced 8-10 years in prison. In prison,Malcolm encountered teaching of Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam. Malcolm was a devoted follower of Muhammad and changed his last name to “X” to symbolize the African American name that he could never know. X adopted and preached this anti-white rhetoric, and people in the 60’s believed he was simply racist. Years later he began to change his ways. Two weeks before his death,he simply said”I am not racist in any way,shape,or form, I myself do not judge a man by the color of his skin. The yardstick that I use to judge a man is his deeds, his behavior, and his intentions.” In late 1963 all ties with the Nation of Islam was broken and Malcolm started an organization for a better life for blacks in America an well as people of African descent. His Organization of Afro-American Unity(OAAU) became a very powerful political force in a short period of time.
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