Life Of Malcolm X Essay

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Malcolm X , was one of the most influential civil rights leaders of all time. The first thought that comes to most people’s mind when they hear the name Malcolm X is violence. To many, he is the exact opposite of MLK. In reality, Malcolm X was not violent, but he was much more aggressive than MLK, he was a passionate leader. As a child, Malcolm was influenced by his father. He was affected by white people at an early age when they burned his families house down and killed his father. Malcolm took a life of crime as a teenager, which would eventually lead him to serve time in prison. In prison is when Malcolm was taught Islam and about the teachings of Elijah Muhammad. Malcolm went on to study Islam and practice the teachings of Muhammad. When he was released from prison, he would later come in contact with Muhammad and join the NOI ( Autobiography of Malcolm X). Under the influence of Elijah Muhammad (leader of the Nation of Islam) Malcolm spent most of his activist life in the NOI, his ideas were unique and different from others leader. Also, after his trip to Mecca, people thought he was a different man, but he still fought hard to bring justice to his people.
Malcolm was introduced to the teachings of Elijah Muhammad and Islam when he was serving time in prison. He looked up to Elijah Muhammad mainly because his teachings changed his life from a criminal to an educated black muslim. In his own words, “The Honorable Elijah Muhammad found me here in America in the muck and mire, in the filthiest civilization on earth. He pulled me out and cleaned me up, and he stood me on my feet and made me the man I am” (Autobiography of Malcolm X). He was named minister by Elijah, he took over the Temple No.7 in Harlem, New York. Malcolm would make speeches and preach to his people about Elijah’s message. Malcolm became very popular when he was in the NOI. He influenced black power groups like the black panthers. Malcolm spoke out against the involvement of the U.S. in the vietnam war. Malcolm started getting into controversy with Elijah when he was told not to speak about J.F.K.’s death. Malcolm would go on making a comment on J.F.K.’s death saying “The chicken come home to roost” (Gods Judgement of White America, 1963). Elijah banned Malcolm from public speaking for 90 days as a result of disobedience. In 1964, Malcolm X officially left the N.O.I. when Wallace Muhammad ( Elijahs son) made him aware that Elijah was the father of eight children by six different teenage girls. Malcolm had received death threats from the N.O.I to prevent Malcolm from exposing Elijah. Despite the controversy, Malcolm made an enormous impact when he was in the NOI by exposing Negros to the unfair treatment of their race. Many people thought he was separating from the NOI because he wanted more fame and power. Malcolm was never out to gain fame or power, he simply wanted justice to be served for his people. He was tired of the white man and in Malcolm's words, “American...

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