The Evolution of Malcolm X

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The Evolution of

Malcolm X

Donelle Harris

DeVry University

Professor Gardner


The Evolution of Malcolm X

Malcolm X is my role model because of the adversity he had to overcome and the profound effect he had on Black America and society as a whole.

Malcolm Little was born May 19, 1925 in a hospital in Omaha, NE. (Autobiography of Malcolm X, by Alex Haley, p.2, phg.3). He was one of eight children of Earl and Louise Little. His father was a Preacher and an organizer for Marcus Garvey’s U.N.I.A. (Universal Negro Improvement Association) (Autobiography of Malcolm X, by Alex Haley, p. 1, ph. 2). When Malcolm Little was six years old his father was killed by a local white supremacist group called the Black Legion in Lansing, Michigan, after the death of his father his family fell on hard times. It became overwhelming for his mother and she had a nervous breakdown. She was sent to the State Mental Hospital of Kalamazoo ( Autobiography of Malcolm X, by Alex Haley, p. 21, ph. 5). The children became wards of the state of Michigan and were split up.

Malcolm Little later moved in with his older sister Ella in Roxbury, Mass, in the summer of 1940 (Autobiography of Malcolm X, by Alex Haley, p. 35, ph. 6). This was the being of the next stage of his life. He started hanging out in the streets of Boston; he became involved in petty theft, drugs and a variety of other crimes. He became too much to handle for his sister so he moved out and later moved to Harlem, NY with his street buddy by the name of Shorty. They stayed in and out of trouble. He became a street hustler and a numbers runner for a local gangster by the name of West Indian Archie. He was accused of stealing and had to leave Harlem or he would have been killed. He moved back to Boston with his friend Shorty and became burglars, which landed him in prison.

He was sentenced to 10 years for burglary and sent to Charleston State...
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