May 8, 2013
Malcom X And The Nation Of Islam (Extra Credit)
Malcom X was one of the most influential civil rights activists in American history. He was extremely unique in he’s speeches by combining harsh truths with flagrant and blunt criticism of not only the white man but also the system itself. The documentary, The Plain was through the memories and experiences of the men and women that were closest to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, also known as Malcolm X. the documentary covers Malcolm’s incredible journey from his birth on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska, to his tragic assassination at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City on February 21, 1965. Every event in Malcolm’s life whether it was big or small, it affected him in one-way or the other. It made him to be who he was and it helped form both his political views and religious beliefs. It got him through the many obstacles that life threw at him. One of most influential decisions Malcolm made was his choice to join the Nation of Islam. It helped him change his way of life.
When Malcolm was in school he was one of the brightest students in his grade. But when he left and went to Massachusetts, he got his first exposure to hustling people and clubbing, gambling etc. And when he was thrown in jail for robbing a house and was sentenced to 6 years in prison. It was there he found the nation of Islam. The nation of Islam totally reformed Malcolm’s life. Before the nation of Islam he was still had the life of drugs and hustling in jail. The empowering religion taught Malcolm that he should be proud and not be ashamed when people call him a black man. It gave him the strength and fortitude he needed to fight against his foes, which was then the racist system that he was in. His decision to join the nation of Islam is without a doubt one of the most prominent decisions that Malcolm x ever made in his life. This decision not only affected his personal life but his political one as well. He...
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