Malcolm X U.S. Black-Rights Activist and Religious Leader As well all know we are in the month of February. February is the month of love and the month to celebrate black history. Today I am going to talk about the one and only Malcolm X. I asked many people who they thought Malcolm X was and none of them knew. They were saying that he was a boxer, a black dude, or a random guy who was celebrated. But little did they know that he was kind of like Martin Luther King except that he believed in taking any means necessary to get equal rights. Now let me go back to when he was born. Malcolm X was born as Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Here’s a fact: Malcolm X and I were born on the same day and in the same month.) Malcolm X attended West Junior High School, where he was the school's only black student. He excelled academically and was well liked by his classmates, who elected him class president. However, he later said that he felt that his classmates treated him more like the class pet than a human being. The turning point in Malcolm X's childhood came in 1939, when his English teacher asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up and he answered that he wanted to be a lawyer. His teacher responded, "One of life's first needs is for us to be realistic… you need to think of something you can be… Why don't you plan on carpentry?" As a result of being told that there was no point in a black child pursuing education, Malcolm X dropped out of school the next year at the age of 15. After quitting school, Malcolm X moved to Boston to live with his older half-sister Ella, about whom he later recalled, "She was the first really proud black woman I had ever seen in my life. She was plainly proud of her very dark skin. This was unheard of among Black people in those days." Ella landed Malcolm a job shining shoes at the Roseland Ballroom. However, out on his own on the streets of Boston, Malcolm X became acquainted with the city's criminal...
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