August 21, 2012
The Autobiography of Malcolm X: Book Report
One of the most prominent names surrounding the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who used non-violent protests to fight for the equality of Afro-Americans. In the non-fiction book The Autobiography of Malcolm X: as told to Alex Hayley, which was published by Ballantine Books of The Random House Publishing Group in 1973, we are taken on a revealing, 466 page, journey through the life of “The angriest black man in America” Malcolm X. This riveting autobiography gives us a backstage pass into the life of an Afro-American man who struggled through life and morphed into one of the most influential ministers and political activists of the 1960’s. Malcolm X’s autobiography invites us into his life from his childhood beginnings, during The Great Depression, to the time of his assignation in 1965. It covers his struggle to find his purpose in life as a young Afro-American man during a time of great racism and his religious journey as an adult that turned his life around making him one of black America’s most powerful voices. In the beginning Malcolm tells of his rough childhood life as the son of Earl and Louise Little, born on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. His father was a minister and organizer for Marcus Garvey and together they believed that all Afro-Americans should go back to the land of their ancestors. Malcolm’s mother was a mulatto, part white, giving her light skin that was passed on to Malcolm who hated every bit of white blood that was in him. He goes on to tell of how the white man tore apart his family. His family was forced to move to Lansing, Michigan to avoid Klu Klux Klan threats. In Lansing Malcolm’s father was killed by a white supremacy group known as the Black Legion. While the family lost Earl Little they gained the company of white social workers who worked over the years with the family and slowly tore it apart causing Louise Little to be moved in a mental...
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