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Malcolm X

On May 19, 1925 Malcolm Little was born to Louise and Earl Little. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska. Malcolm was the seventh of eleven children. Malcolm's father, Earl, was a Baptist minister from Reynolds, Georgia. His mother was raised in Grenada in the British West Indies. His father was also became an organizer for Marcus Garvey's Universal Negro Improvement Association. Marcus Garvey and his followers fought for racial separation and more power for blacks. Growing up, Malcolm's family moved a lot due to violence and prejudices aimed at his family. They finally decided to settle in Lansing, Michigan in the late 1920's. In 1929, the Little family's house was firebombed while the whole family was inside sleeping. It was suspected that racists or members of the Ku Klux Klan committed the arson. However, since police and firemen just stood watching as the house burnt to the ground, they did not believe that the arson was a hate crime. In September 1931 Earl Little was found dead beside the local trolley tracks. He had apparently been crushed by the trolley tracks. Earl was believed to have been murdered by a group of racists. Malcolm's mother was left to raise the children on her own. They lived in extremely poor conditions. In 1939, Louise Little was declared legally insane and committed to a mental institution in Kalamazoo, Michigan. With no one to care for them, Malcolm's younger siblings were placed in foster homes. Malcolm, himself, was already under foster care due to juvenile delinquency. (Haley)

Malcolm graduated from junior high at the top of his class. He exceeded academically and athletically. He had always dreamed of becoming a lawyer. However, a teacher shattered his dreams by t...

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...t-degree murder (Stine).

Malcolm was an intelligent an incredible man. He lived a life full of racism and not a day went by that he wasn't aware of it. The hurtful acts of racism and prejudice made a huge impact on Malcolm's life. The events that Malcolm endured lead him down many different paths. Ultimately, Malcolm used religion as his way to make a breakthrough. America and the rest of the world influenced Malcolm X to become the person he was. His life influenced America and the rest of the world.

Bibliography

Breitman, George,ed. Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches and Statements. Grove-

Atlantic. 1990.

Compton's Encyclopedia Online.

http://www.optonline.com/comptons/ceo/02959_A.html

Haley, Alex and Malcolm X. The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Ballantine. 1992.

Stine, Megan. Story of Malcolm X, Civil Rights Leader. Dell. 1994.
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