9 October 2013Malcolm X
Malcolm Little, more formally known as “Malcolm X” was a noted political activist and writer, born in Omaha, Nebraska. In only the eighth grade, Malcolm quit school and drifted to the streets. In the year 1946, he was imprisoned for burglary. His reading while being imprisoned revealed to him the value of education and prompted him to educate himself. He got his education while imprisoned using three, different ways. The first step he took in further educating himself was through letters. The letters he would send and receive led him to stumble upon a start of some kind of homemade education. Before he started to further his education, he would send and receive letters to Mr. Muhammad. Malcolm became increasingly discontented at not being able to communicate what he wanted in the letters he wrote, especially to Mr. Muhammad. He thought about how dysfunctional he was in the real world and decided to lose his old street-hustling ways. The second way was through the use of the dictionary. He figured that the best thing he could do was to get a hold of a dictionary. Once he did, he spent two days just skimming through the pages. Finally to start some kind of action, he began copying all the words in the dictionary, starting from the letter A. Every time he would finish a page, he would reread it back to himself, over and over, to fully understand the meanings. The dictionary gave him access to many different people, places, and events in history. The dictionary method had inevitably broadened his word-base. The last way was through the vast amount of books the prisons’ library was equipped with. The library had books on just about every single general subject. The prison put emphasis on rehabilitation, an inmate was smiled upon if he demonstrated an extraordinary interest in books and reading. Malcolm spent most of his time reading in isolation in his room rather than the library. The books he read gave him access to a variety of topics and...
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