Knowledge Is Power

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Knowledge Is Power

The power of language is an extraordinary thing. One person with the knowledge of language can teach you, persuade you, motivate you, or even move you to the point that you have a whole different perspective of your everyday surroundings. Preachers can bring people closer to god with the gift of speech; dictators can muster and persuade a whole nation into world domination with the gift of language and speech; and poets can comfort the weary at heart with language and speech. But for the most part language is unconsciously the norm for our everyday lives, if you want to excel in life you must educate yourself. One young man by the name of Malcolm Little did push himself toward higher learning of the English language.

Malcolm Little better known as Malcolm X was born in Nebraska in 1925; the son of an African American Baptist Preacher By the name of Earl little, Malcolm’s mother Louise Little was from the west Indies and her mother was black but her father was white. Earl Little belonged to (UNIA) The Universal Negro Improvement Association. Being a member of the UNIA got Earl in a lot of trouble with the Ku Klux Klan. So the Little family had to move around a lot through the years. In 1931 Earl was found dead, most believed that he had been murdered. Malcolm’s mother never fully recovered from her husband death and was admitted into the mental instution for the rest of her remaining years.

Malcolm moved to Boston with his sister after their father’s death. He worked a few small jobs until he got hooked on drugs. Soon after his addiction he steered towards crime to support his habits. In 1946 he was convicted of burglary and sentenced to ten years in prison. In Prison Malcolm became a member of Islam like so many other black men did while imprisoned in the 40’s and 50’s.

During his stay in prison he would write local drug dealers, politicians, and hustlers and explain about the state of black Americans. Malcolm felt...
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