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Malcolm X

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Braelyn Anderson

on 6 May 2015

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Transcript of Malcolm X

Table of Contents
Early Life
Nation of Islam
Malcolm and Martin
Life after the Nation
Early Life
Take a look at this article: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/618122/Universal-Negro-Improvement-Association-UNIA
Who founded this association?
What were they dedicated to?
Do you think his father’s involvement with this group had an impact on Malcolm? If so, how?
What time period do you think this took place in? Before or after the Civil Rights Movement?
Who do you think is in the audience of this speech?
What freedoms do you think the newspaper is referring to?
What do you think his attitude is like during this speech?
Nation of Islam
What is the difference in what the women are wearing in the picture and what Malcolm X had on?
Analyze the surroundings of this gathering.
Who is in the crowd of this gathering?
Malcolm X
When thinking about the Civil Rights Movement many people think about marches and Martin Luther King Jr. One individual who also made a big impact during the civil rights movement is Malcolm X. He had a different point of view on things than what you most people thought during the time of the Civil Rights Movement. This journey box will give you a look and his life, his views, and his legacy that he left.
Check out this narrative to follow along through this journey box:
Malcolm X was born on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. His father was a Baptist preacher, an activist for civil rights and a member of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (Source 1). Unfortunately Malcolm’s father died when he was young and his mother had to be put in a mental institution. After moving around a lot, Malcolm was sent to prison for burglary after getting involved with the wrong people. In prison, he converted to the Nation of Islam, which had a great impact on his life. The Nation of Islam is a group of black Muslims who believed that blacks should not depend on white people, but be independent and create their own wealth and justice. It is a very strict group that has many guidelines to follow (Source 2).
Malcolm’s views on how African Americans would get the respect and equality they deserve is not like what you have heard about other activists (Source 3). He was a very gifted speaker and he used his skill. He voiced his opinions on many things during his speeches, specifically his thoughts on self-defense instead of peaceful protest in the African American community (Source 4). He believed in fighting racism by “any means necessary.”

Throughout his life Malcolm and Martin Luther King Jr. were constantly being compared to each other. They each had different styles, but were both fighting in the Civil Rights movement for the same thing. They may not have agreed on all the same things, but they were still able to work together (Source 5).
Malcolm X left the Nation of Islam in 1963. After leaving he to a holy trip to Mecca and came back with a different view on things. His time spent overseas changed the way that he looked at race relations in the United States (Source 6). One bad thing that happened is that Malcolm began receiving death threats, mostly from the Nation of Islam (Source 7). Many people were upset that he left the group. They were also very unhappy about the changes of Malcolm’s opinions in relation to what was going on in the United States.
Unfortunately, on February 21, 1965 Malcolm X was killed. He was about to give a speech when members of the Nation of Islam came and shot him. He left behind a wife, Betty Shabazz, and six daughters. He made a great impact and left a legacy that will live on forever (Source 8).
• How does Malcolm X feel about the government?
• In this video, what did you learn about the Muslim culture?
• Do you think Malcolm is promoting violence?

Malcolm and Martin

Although their philosophies may have differed radically, Malcolm X believed that he and Martin Luther King Jr. were working toward the same goal and that given the state of race relations in the 1960s, both would most likely meet a fatal end.”
–The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told by Alex Haley
Compare and contrast the views of Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
What was the common goal that they were both working towards?
Do you think Dr. King and Malcolm X worked well together?
Life after the Nation
Life after the Nation
What do you think Malcolm X is remembered for?
How do you think Betty Shabazz feels about her husband?
How do you think the government viewed Malcolm X?
Who do you think is involved these death threats?
Why would they want to kill Malcolm X?
Why was it so important to the police and the government that Malcolm X is safe?
Compare Malcolm's new point of view to his previous one
What had a big impact on Malcolm X changing his views?
What did this change mean for the Civil Rights Movement?

Source 1:
Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). (n.d.). Retrieved May 6, 2015, from http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/618122/Universal-Negro-Improvement-Association-UNIA

Source 2:
SANDHU, M. (2013). Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam. Retrieved May 6, 2015, from http://www.illumemagazine.com/zine/articleDetail.php?Malcolm-X-and-the-Nation-of-Islam-14233#/8

Source 3:
Transforming the World: The Transformations of Malcolm X. (2013, April 9). Retrieved May 6, 2015, from http://macmccanntx.com/2013/04/09/transforming-the-world-the-transformations-of-malcolm-x/

Source 4:
MALCOLM X: WHO TAUGHT YOU TO HATE YOURSELF? (2007, June 6). Retrieved May 6, 2015, from

Source 5:
X, M., & Haley, A. (1992). The autobiography of Malcolm X. New York: Ballantine Books.

Source 6:
The Malcolm X Project at Columbia University. (n.d.). Retrieved May 6, 2015, from http://www.columbia.edu/cu/ccbh/mxp/mecca.html

Sources Continued

Source 7:
WDASHistory.org. (2007). Retrieved May 6, 2015, from http://www.wdashistory.org/gallery1.html

Source 8:
BETTY SHABAZZ SPEAKS AFTER THE ASSASSINATION OF MALCOLM X. (2008, December 2). Retrieved May 6, 2015, from
Narrative Cont.
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