Malcolm X

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He was born on May 19, 1925, in Omaha, Nebraska his father was a Baptist preacher and his mother was a homemaker. Malcolm X was very determined in creating a society where African Americans where treated equally, and through his Islamic teachings and dedication to expanding Islam lead the way to make this possible.
When I think of Malcolm X I think of a positive leaders that begin the journey of African Americans to equal treatment. Even though Malcolm X had plenty of obstacles in his life, he overcame them with great faith in his Islamic teachings. In 1929 his home in Lansing, Michigan was burnt down, and in 1931 Malcolms father Earl was killed in a car accident. After this incident Malcolm mother couldn’t bear the strain of raising four children on her own so she was committed to a state mental hospital. Malcolm spent most of his teenage years in a juvenile home until his half-sister Ella Collins allowed him to move with her in Boston. Malcolm was involved in a life of crime until his arrest in the early 1946 when he was charged with grand larceny.” Although Malcolm’s white female gang members received at most seven months in prison, Malcolm was sentenced to eight to 10 years” ( Daniels, Web ). While in prison Malcolm begin to study the teachings of another inmate of the name of “Bimbi” where he learned his knowledge about the Nation of Islam and that the leader was also in prison by the name of Elijah Muhammad. In 1952 Malcolm joined the Nation of Islam, and adopted the name “Malcolm X” representing that his ancestors original African name was unknown. Malcolm realized that the nation of Islam wasn’t expanded enough, and his dream was to create a more worldwide study of Islam that could change the world. After his release and joining the Nation of Islam that presently only had four temples and 400 members. “ Blessed with considerable charisma and enormous energy ( he typically slept only four hours a night), Malcolm set out to bring the Nation of Islam’s teachings to black Americans”( Daniels, Web ). I believed Malcolm X was a positive leader because after starting out with a life of crime. Malcolm realized that the only was to progress in this life were by teaching African Americans the way to succeed to be great leaders and followers of the Islamic Culture. I think his prison experience put a mark on his life that made him fight to bring African Americans to justice, because of the fact the white female gang members received less amount of imprisonment that he did for the same crime. Malcolm started his journey by traveling up and down the East Coast increasing new membership and soon thereafter became the leader of the Nation of Islams chief temple in Harlem. Malcolm expanded the Nation of Islam to 49 temples, and possessed of tons of thousands of members. I think that Malcolm X showed that African Americans can be a positive role model in life and that with the mindset we are able to accomplish anything. Malcolm preached of police brutality in Harlem and Los Angeles, and these preaching gave Malcolm a national profile. Today, the evidence of police brutality on African Americans are still present in some cities and towns. Even though the brutalities might not be physical but if you stayed in the town of Robbins where I reside you could see certain events and racial slurs that would convince you View More »

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