Lansing, Michigan is where Malcolm attended school. He was an intelligent, focused student and he graduated from junior high at the top of his class. However, when Malcolm told his favorite teacher that his dream was to become a lawyer his teacher replied with, “that is no realistic goal for a nigger.” The teacher suggested that he become a carpenter instead of a lawyer; after hearing those devastating words Malcolm lost interest in school and eventually dropped out of the eighth grade. As a rebellious teen, Malcolm moved from Michigan State Detention Home, a juvenile home in Mason, Mich., to live with an older half-sister from his father’s first marriage. After spending some time in Boston working various odd jobs, Malcolm... [continues]
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