Malcolm X

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Malcolm X travels down a long road, as revealed in The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley. Malcolm’s lifelong adventure through racial discrimination taught Malcolm some very important messages. Toward the end of his life, he wrote to friends: “I’ve had enough of someone else’s propaganda. I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole” (Malcolm X, 373). Malcolm’s outlook on life revealed in this quote is much different than how he felt at the start of his journey. Malcolm’s experience taught him never to give up, to be true to himself, and never to judge people as a whole. These realizations in his life are crucial to the entire message Malcolm X was trying to convey.

As a young child, Malcolm lived in a crowded house with his siblings. He claimed, “early in life, I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise” (8). Staying well fed was Malcolm’s first experience, which taught him never to give up. Even his teacher, Mr. Ostrowski, denied Malcolm his dream of becoming a lawyer. Malcolm experienced many harsh times throughout his life, forcing him to depend upon himself and persevere. However, he became caught up in illegal activities such as gambling, drug dealing, burglary, and prostitution, costing him respectable jobs and eventually resulting in his arrest. In jail, Malcolm’s brother, Reginald, visited and shared with Malcolm a new way of life. He introduced to Malcolm the Nation of Islam, which gave him a new sense of strength in his life. Through the Islamic religion, Malcolm was able to believe in himself and produce positive results unlike anything he could imagine. Malcolm claims, “[no one] ever got more out of going to prison than I did” (183). After his conversion, he delivered the message of Allah to anyone he could. In order to spread his knowledge on the...
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