The Crowds and Controversy Surrounding Malcolm X

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Malcolm X was a controversial figure during the classic years of the American civil rights movement. Malcolm X disliked integration, and as opposed to that he preached race separation. Given the birth name Malcolm Little, Malcolm X was born in Omaha, Nebraska on May 19th, 1925 . In the youth of Malcolm X, the child was inculcated to believe in separatism. Separatism is the advocacy of a state of cultural, ethnic, tribal, religious, racial, governmental or gender separation from the larger group. In this case, blacks living separate from the whites. His mother, Louise Norton Little, was a homemaker and occupied with the family’s eight children. His father, Earl Little, was a blunt Baptist minister as well as being influenced and a supporter of Black Nationalist Leader Marcus Garvey. His avid belief in separatism and participation in civil rights activism brought the family in a critical position in which they had to relocate twice before Malcolm’s fourth birthday.
The family’s relocation did not bring much benefit. The white supremacist organization also known as Black Legion burnt the Little’s home to the ground located in Lansing, Michigan in 1929 . Nearly two years later, members of the Black Legion were responsible for the death of Earl Little and his lying body on the trolley tracks. These unfortunate events developed a very angry young man. In the year of 1941 Malcolm dropped out of school and was introduced to Boston’s ghetto. He became a shoeshine boy and a railroad waiter. Malcolm also took a dark path when he started to involve himself in burglary, drug dealing, and pimping. Malcolm X was arrested and given a ten-year jail sentence in 1945.
During his time in jail, Malcolm was persuaded to become a member of NOI by h...

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... the family escaped this tragic event.
Just a week later, however, Malcolm’s enemies were successful in their ruthless attempt. Malcolm X was shot on February 21, 1965 at a speaking engagement in the Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom. He was shot a total of fifteen times at close range. At the age of 39, the man was pronounced dead on arrival at New York’s Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Malcolm’s assassins were found to be three members of the NOI. All three men were convicted of first-degree murder in March 1966.
Malcolm’s funeral had a total number of fifteen hundred people in Harlem on February 27, 1965 at the Faith Temple Church of God in Christ. Loved ones took shovels at the end of the ceremony and buried Malcolm themselves. Malcolm X is buried at the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York.

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