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Malcolm X; Individuals who have affected the law
Transcript of Malcolm X; Individuals who have affected the law
Individuals who have affected changes the law
Personal cause to become an activist
Sacrifices Made to Work for Change
Malcolm X was one of the most powerful activist figures for what at the time, was the losing side. This obviously comes with many drawbacks, sometimes deadly as his father had proven. Alike his childhood home his house was firebombed while his wife, children and him slept. The largest sacrifice he made for his cause was giving his life. X had been predicting for months that he was to be assassinated due to his controversial beliefs; however few had continued to listen, despite the firebombing a week before his death.
What Did They Change?
His dissatisfaction with civil unrest was a key factor in driving the civil rights movement. Unlike Martin Luther King’s approach, X preached for the minorities to take their rights as appose to wait for them. By the time of his death he had already become a massive activist figure that thousands stood behind. He even gave speeches at Oxford and Harvard University. He also formed the ‘Afro-American Unity’, a group with the purpose of improving communications between Africans in Africa and Africans in America. Overall he was a massive factor in implementing well needed proper ethics into our society
Malcolm X has influenced millions worldwide. He had met with leaders from all across the world including representatives from the Middle East, Africa as well as Europe. He even met with Fidel Castro privately multiple times, which is an impossible meeting to arrange. It was estimated that in the 11 year time frame he was a representative for the Nation of Islam, he had recruited 25000 to the religion. He was often considered one of the greatest minds of his generation and his influence was arguably inferior to none. He will forever have substantially altered our global history and influenced our modern ideas of justice.
Strategies Taken to Achieve the Change
From an early age X had done very well in school, an ‘A’ student up until his mother’s episode. He had even told a schoolteacher he desired to be lawyer when older and the teacher informed him that it was ‘no realistic goal for a nigger’. His influence came through his public speaking. He would speak to whoever would listen, churches, activist rallies, anyone he thought needed to hear what he had to say. Even today the YouTube videos of his speeches are incredibly moving and filled with relentless anger and dissatisfaction with the racist normalities of their modern day.
By Noah Tauskela
Born on May 19th 1925, Malcolm Little was born into a world of civil unrest. The KKK was increasingly upset with Malcolm’s father’s support of the Black Nationalist movement. The Little household of 8 children was repeatedly firebombed and eventually Earl Little, father of all 8 children, was murdered. Before Malcolm was able to grow a beard his mother suffered an emotional breakdown and was admitted to a mental asylum. After moving to Boston in his teens and getting involved in criminal activity, ‘Detroit Red’ - Malcolm’s nickname at the time – was admitted to a 10 year sentence for burglary. It was in prison where he adapted the religion of the Nation of Islam, however this religion still practiced racial hatred and segregation. It was not until 1964 when he took a spiritual pilgrimage to Mecca that he accepted the ‘True religion of Islam’. One that united all races in a brotherhood of humanity and from there Malcolm X began his journey as one of the most influential civil rights activists of all time.
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