What did Malcolm X do?Martin Luther King Jr. was a stunning civil rights activist but there were a few other civil rights activists who spent their whole entire life fighting for civil rights and equality. One of those civil rights activists was Malcolm X. When he was a young boy he got constant harassment from the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremists groups.
His childhood was surrounded by violence and he grew up thinking violence would be a solution. Even though Malcolm X started his career as a violent activist, through his problems, solutions, actions, and his early life he finally learned equality. Most kids today are not born being constantly harassed by the KKK and other white supremacists. Unlike other kids, Malcolm X was harassed because of his skin color. Malcolm X was born in Nebraska and his birthday was May 19, 1925 (“Malcolm X”). His dad was a preacher for civil rights and that is one of the reasons he grew up with constant irritation from white supremacists (“Civil rights leader: Malcolm X”). It was very hard for him as a child as the KKK frequently visited their house and smashed their windows. One day a racial mob came and burnt their house down.
Unlike the firefighters today the firefighters watched their house fall apart because of their skin color (“Malcom X”). When Malcolm was six years old his dad was killed by white supremacists. His father’s body was found on the city’s street car tracks. His mother could never recover from such a terrible tragedy and was sent to a mental incision. Malcolm X was sent to go live with family friends (“Civil Rights Leader: Malcolm X”).
Although, he was the only black kid in his high school. Even though colored people were frowned upon during his time he was liked by his classmates and excelled in school. Malcolm’s life changed the most when he dropped out of school in 1939 because of a discouraging english teacher. After he left high school he started shining shoes for a living. Sadly, he went down a road of drugs and theft and got sent to prison. Malcolm X’s childhood led him to spend his whole life devoted to fight against black discrimination like the KKK and other white supremacists.
While in prison for doing drugs he learned about the Nations of Islam, also known as black nationalism (“Malcolm X”). The Nations of Islam was also known as the Black Muslims. In the Black Nationalism society they thought all whites were evil, they wanted colored people to be proud of their heritage and stand up against the whites. After he got out of prison he joined and later became the Black Muslim leader. Malcolm X became the leader because of his amazing persuasive techniques. While he was the leader he also thought Martin Luther Kings Jr.’s peaceful ways were ineffective (McGrill and Sarah).
He believed that change would only happen with force as he said, “you don’t have a peaceful revolution. You don’t have a turn-the-check revolution,” he said,” There is no such thing as a non-violent revolution” (“Malcolm X”). Malcolm X believed at the beginning of his career that fierceness actions would be the only thing that would change black discrimination. He was brilliant at inspiring and grew the black Muslim group but later in his career, he changed from violent ways to a more careful, peaceful manner.
Malcolm X devoted his whole life by spending hours doing speeches or radio talk shows to help solve black discrimination. He grew the Black Muslims bigger than it ever was from the media. He also found a newspaper company called Muhammad Speaks, this helped grow his word even more. He printed the newspapers in his basement and made all member of black muslim sell a certain amount of newspaper for fundraising to help support his cause (raya). The Muslims also needed a place of worship and a peace. Malcolm organized many temples around the country.
This lead to a lot more people to join his cause because there were loads of nearby temples to visit and get inspired. Malcolm X tried his hardest to persuade citizens to join his movement (Mamiya). After Black nationalism he started a new campaign that was surrounded by equality and he called it “blonde hair, blue-eyed men I could call my brother(Raya).” He said this after he realized equality from talking to other civil rights leader.
After that he started to grow his community and began the new campaign (raya) It is hard to grow a community from 400 members to 40,00 members but somehow Malcolm X grew the black muslim community to help grow awareness. He contributed to Black nationalist ideology the most. It was also known as the black power movement. It had a lot of different names but they all fought for black freedom and human rights. He popularized the value of equality after he realized from talking and traveling to many parts of the world. He helped independence among the African American from the nineteen sixties and seventies(Mamiya). He started to forgive the white supremist by saying “because power, real power, comes from our conviction which produces actions, unpromosing actions” (“Malcolm X”). Although, he started out as a violent activist he turned into forms of a peaceful manner but sadly got assigned at the beginning of his peaceful campaign (“Malcolm X”).
After he died a lot of people talked about what he said and he became popular after he died (sarah). Overall, Malcolm X’s career was a great success he helped expand and inspire so many citizens to learn equality and justice. He spent his whole life dealing with black equality because his dad was a preacher. He was treated unfairly but he created radio stations, newspapers, and to spread his word. He also became a great leader expanding a 400 member society to 40,000. He helped create the society that we have today and he started from rock bottom. Work Cited:Ann, Sarah. “Malcolm X.
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