In 1965, there were many beneficial and disrupting events that reshaped the world and its culture. During this time, racial hate crimes were peaking in the sixties; space programs were advancing greatly and the Vietnam War was still raging on. Abstract art set in as Picasso’s “Self-Portrait” became popular. The most important thing I learned from this year was that abstractness in art and society leads to disaster. Since abstract arts were flowing, music and culture took the same turn into the odd and interesting. The civil rights movement took some severe destructive blows around this time in the 1960s. Malcolm X was a Black Muslim activist for a large portion of his life. Since meeting a Black Muslim in prison, Malcolm had decided to dedicate himself as much as possible to being an activist, as well as a supremacist, for the black race. His strong intimidating debate skills were formed in prison. He joined a prison debate team and competed with students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard. Malcolm’s orating skills improved through his education in prison. After Malcolm’s release from prison, he joined the Nation of Islam and spoke on the streets about injustice to black people. Malcolm believed that he was called to help change the majority of the world’s rule over to black people. The Islam’s believe that the world was ruled by whites for 6,000 years, and that now it was time to hand the universe over to the blacks for another 6,000. Malcolm was kicked out of the Nation of Islam ultimately because of his outward happiness that John F. Kennedy’s assassination brought him in 1964. Even though Malcolm conformed to a non-supremacist worldview in 1964, he was still assassinated for what he had been and for what his past caused him to be. Malcolm X was killed on the second assassination attempt of his life. The house where Malcolm lived was firebombed without hurting anyone. The kids and wife of Malcolm were actually only a few feet away from Malcolm when he was shot. The death of Malcolm X will always be remembered as an unjust act that severely hurt the civil rights movement in America in the 1960s. The views that Malcolm had used in his life reflected the 1960s very well; they were unsure and confused.8
Another way in which 1965 was expressed was through literature. John Berryman wrote a three-part poem in 1965 called “77 Dream Songs.