By: LeShaun J. Hayes
This paper is about the assassination of the late Malcolm X. Malcolm was a civil rights activist and religious leader. In this paper you will find information about Malcolm’s life and the events leading up to his death. This is a man who spoke against racism; fought and died for the freedom of all individuals, but in the words of the late Malcolm X, “The price of freedom is death.” (Malcolm X Online 1964)
Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska, one of eight children. His father, Earl Little, a Baptist preacher who supported Marcus Garvey's Back to Africa movement, was murdered by a group of men calling themselves the Black Legion (a sub-branch of the Ku Klux Klan). (“Malcolm X assassinated”) Following Earl's death, Malcolm's mother, Louise Little, tried to support her eight children on her own. Louise, due to severe stress in raising her children, suffered a nervous breakdown and was committed to the state mental hospital where she spent the next 26 years of her life. (“Biography of Malcolm X”) After finishing 8th grade, Malcolm dropped out of school and traveled to Boston. After a few years, Malcolm moved to New York City where, to support himself, he became a numbers runner, a drug dealer, even a pimp. He relocated to Boston again where he organized a robbery ring which was uncovered by the police in 1946 and he was sentenced to eight to 10 years in prison. Malcolm used the time behind bars to educate himself in the prison library where he learns the fundamentals of grammar and increased his vocabulary. (Dunder,J. “Malcolm X”)
It was here that a few inmates introduced Malcolm to a new religion and movement, The Nation of Islam. Malcolm's younger brother, Reginald, already a member, visited him and told him about Islam and about Allah. Malcolm learned that if he wanted to join he would have to accept its theology and submit completely to its founder and leader,...