Education was a scare luxury that was desirable to all but very prejudice and racist. Malcolm journey of self-enlightenment is credited to have began back in 1946 when he was “(charged) for breaking and entering, carrying firearms, and larceny and sentenced to eight years in prison where he learned to read and became fascinated with the Nation of Islam’s leader, Elijah Muhammad” (Malcolm X 231, 232). Fascination that Malcolm had with Muhammad can be described as similar to as one between a celebrity and their fans. Fans tend to mail things to celebrities like letters of admiration, declaration of love, etc, they will even go as far as to send gifts to the celebrity. Malcolm never went to such extremes and wa...
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...eading even if it could have gotten his library privileges revoked, he shares that as a free man he has gotten less than that (Malcolm X 234). While at any moment he could have gotten them removed as he was a man of color he never gave up. Malcolm would have fought to the death for his books.
Learning to read honestly was the best thing he could have done since after doing so he was able to get a book, read it, and understand what the book had tried to convey, he was also able to give his opinion. In the essay he claims how he learned how whitewashed history was, how much blacks have suffered since, and possibly before, the formation of the U.S. , and how his world view had changed all just because he took the initiative of going the extra mile and taught himself to read and effectively changing history and contributing to what became the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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