Life Of Malcolm X Essay

1152 words - 5 pages

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...

Find Another Essay On Life of Malcolm X

Autobiography of malcolm x Essay

916 words - 4 pages crime that he would join the Nation of Islam. With the nation of Islam Malcolm X would find a new, or perhaps an old, focus in life: the white man. The next twelve years of his life would be devoted to righting the wrongs that the whites had dealt to the blacks throughout the history of the United States. Malcolm X was paroled in 1952 and it was at that time when he became most active in the Civil rights movement. He was a man of contrast. He

Biography of Malcolm X Essay

2627 words - 11 pages has caused ethnic groups to be looked down on or forced to live with difficulties and suppression. African Americans, have been forced to deal with unequal opportunity and poverty, which leads to less honorable ways of getting by and also organizations in jobs, lifestyles and living conditions. Malcolm X is an example of an African American man who fell into this type of hate and acted against it. Malcolm X united people to promote the

Assassination of malcolm x

1026 words - 4 pages time there was important. He began to self educate himself by copying every word from an abridged dictionary from cover to back. He joined the Black Muslims while in jail, an important organization which would later be the downfall of his life. In 1952, while on parole, he took the name of Malcolm X, which he claimed the X symbolized his true African name and renounced his white-slave master's name. The 60's would be an important decade

Autobiography of Malcolm X

1127 words - 5 pages shadows, and an estrangement followed which seemed inevitable. He still views his new life through the eyes of a hustler, he says, “know your enemy…be suspicious…image is everything.” These street lessons carried him to the top of the Nation of Islam, but his public statement justifying President Kennedy’s assassination led him out of the Nation.Upon his exodus from the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X decided to use his

Biography of Malcolm X

3325 words - 13 pages provided the preponderance of black leaders. Many young whites responded to Malcolm's blunt, colourful language and unwillingness to retreat in the face of hostility. The memory and image of Malcolm X has changed as much after his death as his own philosophies changed during his life. At first thought to be a violent fanatic, he is now understood as an advocate of self-help, self-defence, and education; as a philosopher

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

795 words - 4 pages The Famous advocate famously known as Malcolm X was once called Malcolm Little. Malcolm Little grew up in a little farm town close to Omaha, Nebraska. Malcolm Little was his slave name so after his freedom he dropped little and added the X. The X was associated with an unknown identity. The book goes into detail using his own words as well as the proceived writing of Alex Haley. The book goes into a detail of Malcolms life and how his

The Evolution of Malcolm X

1935 words - 8 pages This paper will discuss the different stages of thought processes the former Nation of Islam minister, Malcolm X went through during his lifetime in terms of how he viewed white people, but more specifically “the white man” in America. The reason the focus is on White Americans is because these were the people outside of the Nation of Islam that shaped his life good or bad and put him on the path where he eventually transformed from Malcolm

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

712 words - 3 pages The autobiography of Malcolm X is a book that was published in 1965. It is of result of collaboration between human rights activist Mr. Malcolm X and journalist Alex Haley. The book depicts more about Malcolm X’s life, experiences and beliefs. The book again talks about spiritual conversion narrative that outlines Malcolm X's philosophy of black pride, Black Nationalism. Malcolm was born in May 19th 1925 in Omaha to a family of Earl and Louise

The Enduring Legacy of Malcolm X

1955 words - 8 pages blacks find the path to long sought freedom, and helped the whites see their awful mistakes in the way in which they had conducted their society. Works Cited Breitman, George. By Any Means Necessary: Speeches and Interviews. New York: Pathfinder, 1970. Curtis, Richard. The Life of Malcolm X. Philadelphia: Macrae Smith Company, 1971 Goldman, Peter. The Death and Life of Malcolm X. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1979. Haley

Malcolm X: A Different Kind of Leader

1014 words - 5 pages found out that some of these relationships had resulted in children. This led to Malcolm’s leaving of the group. (www.malcolmx.com p 2). The NIO was not happy with his leaving of the group. They ordered a hit out against Malcolm. He eventually was killed by two members of the group. Like father like son, he was killed doing work for what he believed in. His childhood really was foreshadowing his adult life. Unlike Malcolm X, Martin Luther had a

a comparison of MLK and Malcolm X

730 words - 3 pages Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X are prominent African Americans in U.S and around the world. They both fought for what they believed in, but had different approaches and different mind set in what they thought was right, because of what they went through in their early life. Malcolm X had a cruel, early life in contrast to Martin Luther King’s calm life. Martin Luther King believe that whites could help the Civil Rights Movement, but

Similar Essays

The Life Of Malcolm X Essay

862 words - 3 pages As one of the most controversial elements in the civil rights movement, Malcolm X was born into strong prejudice, where his family, friends and life experiences had a major impact on his life. During his childhood, Malcolm X suffered from domestic violence and abuse by whites. He was a light-complexioned black man because his grandmother was raped by a white man. He resented every drop of the white rapist's blood in him. When Malcolm was only a

The Life Of Malcolm X Essay

3356 words - 13 pages Malcolm XMalcolm X was previously known as Malcolm Little, a typical young boy who wanted to fulfill his dreams to succeed in life and become a lawyer. However, racism impeded him from becoming whom he yearned to be. As Malcolm enthusiastically informed his teacher he aspired to become a thriving lawyer, the teacher crushed his dreams by exclaiming, "Malcolm, one of life's first needs is for us to be realistic... But you've got to be realistic

The Life And Legacy Of Malcolm X

657 words - 3 pages The Life and Legacy of Malcolm X Malcolm X should be everyone’s hero, someone people like myself should look up to as a human being. Anyone who thinks otherwise is either a racist or is extremely ignorant. Malcolm X wore his heart on his sleeve and whether right or wrong he was never afraid to say what was on his mind to anyone who cared to listen. I personally believe Malcolm X’s beliefs give me strength to do what's right and carry

Malcolm X Life Essay

1167 words - 5 pages Islam in 1964.Later in 1964, Malcolm X took off on a journey to Arabia to try and find the true religion of Islam. While in Arabia, he underwent his holy pilgrimage. This experience had a very positive impact on Malcolm X. While racial hatred in America had forced black people to the lowest levels of society, Malcolm had come into a society were the color of the skin played no factor in life. While in Arabia, a white leader let Malcolm stayed with