The Civil Rights Movement: Malcolm X

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During the Civil Rights Movement, there was a famous leader whose protests were peaceful and non-violent. That man was Martian Luther King Jr., but many people have never heard of another Civil Rights leader. Even though his protests were different than King’s protests, he did his part and help with equality. This man was Malcolm Little, more famously known as Malcolm X. After a rough upbringing, Malcolm X led protests that differed which ended with his assassination.
His protesting didn’t start when the Civil Rights Movement started; it started with his rough childhood. He was born on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. He was born with the name Malcolm Little. His mother was Louise Norton Little. She was a homemaker occupied with the family's eight children. His father was Earl Little. He was an honest Baptist minister and keen supporter of Black Nationalist. Civil rights engagement prompted death threats from the white racist organization Black Legion, forcing the family to transfer twice before Malcolm's fourth birthday. In 1929 white men burned their home in Lansing, Michigan and two years later, Earl Little was found dead with trolley tracks across his body. Police ruled both incidents as accidents, but the Littles were certain that members of the Black Legion were responsible. After his father’s death, Malcolm’s mother suffered an emotional breakdown and was committed to a mental institution. All eight of her children were split up and sent to various foster homes and orphanages. Years after being separated from his brothers and sisters, Malcolm Little and his best friend, Malcolm “Shorty” Jarvis, moved to Boston, Massasschecets. In 1946, they were arrested and convicted on burglary charges, and Malcolm was sentenced to 10 y...

... middle of paper ... 3X Butler and Thomas 15X Johnson. After Malcolm X's death, commentators largely ignored his fresh spiritual and political transformation and criticized him as a violent troublemaker. Malcolm Little, Malcolm X, or El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (whatever you want to call him) is buried at the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York.

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