U.S History 2 cp1
16 April 2010
Malcolm X positive influence on the civil rights movement
Malcolm X was, and still is, a well-known figure on whom a lot of works have been written about. He was a fighter for civil rights, as well as a man who was self educated in many ways. Malcolm X was a positive influence on the civil right movement because he had a major impact on the black community to mobilize against oppression by using extreme language and tactics. In 1925 Malcolm X was born. Malcolm was an intelligent, focused student but then when a favorite teacher told him his dream of becoming a lawyer was impossible he got discouraged and dropped out of school. After dropping out he lived in many foster homes in Michigan. Later he moved to Boston where his sister lived. As a teen Malcolm X became involved in crimes in the streets such as gambling and selling drugs. With little education and no job, Malcolm X was easily led to this path. (Encyclopedia of World Biography) After committing many crimes, Malcolm X became one of the biggest gangsters in Boston. Later he went to prison for robbery. It was in prison where his life of destruction, violence and crime would deviate to a more righteous path. In prison he learned and embraced Islam. After reading the Qu’ran, his life was altered. It was in prison, after his conversion, where he began to think of the fight for civil rights for African-Americans. His conversion to Islam led him to joining the Nation of Islam. The Nation of Islam was a black movement that embraced the teachings of Islam, while advocating against the cruel treatment African Americans went through from white people. Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad were the main figureheads of this organization. (Information and Entertainment Center) Essentially, it was Malcolm X’s speeches and the teachings of Elijah Muhammad that had the most profound effect on the civil rights movement coming from the Black Nationalist side of the...