The events of that momentous day represent a culmination of a life devoted to the relentless struggle for justice and an unwavering devotion to the pursuit of truth. However, he continues to be referred to by the name he held for much of his life, Malcolm X.
For me, my first introduction of Malcolm X came one day while I was going through Sir William Grant Park in Kingston Jamaica at the age of nineteen; there a man sat selling portraits of other men. I could easily identify that the pictures were that of important people in African History.
To say the least, I was intrigue by the pose; that of a fist leaning against the cheek with the index finger sticking upwards to the brain, while the eyes bore a defiant look of contemplation and determination the face had a composure of a man who seemingly is about to outsmart a trickster with smooth utterance and wit.
I pondered then why I had never ever heard of this man yet inquired nothing more of him from Lorna or from anyone else. A friend of mine Leroy Francis sitting next to me was reading a book in between takes.
Being bored, I peered over his shoulder and my eyes read where this man was gunned down in a hail of bullets numbering twenty-one, that created in me an instance of poignancy.
I mumbled in soliloquy then rhetorically asked why would someone shoot a person twenty one times. The name Lorna had told me co-insided with the title of the book and the portrait seen back in Jamaica came to my memory.
Curiosity gave in and wanting to know more about this man the next day I went to the library and borrowed a copy. Since that day I have been hooked on what he stood for and his messages has provided me with the impetus to a state of Black Consciousness and Black Pride, Dignity and Courage with a never ending quest for Social Justice, Economic Prosperity, Education and Knowledge.
Malcolm X taught us that Black is Beautiful at a time when a black skin was still a mark of servitude and to many a burden of shame. He taught us that freedom was a right for us to claim and should by any means necessary. He lives night and day with the rats and the cockroaches and drowns himself with alcohol and anesthetizes himself with dope, to try and forget where and what he is.
That Negro has given up all hope. I look upon myself as a prime example of this category-as graphic an example as you could find of the salvation of the black man.
Separation is done voluntarily by two equals… The Negro schools in the Negro communities are controlled by whites; the economy of the Negro community is controlled by whites. And since the Negro…community is controlled or regulated by outsiders, it is a segregated community…Muslims who follow the Honorable Elijah Muhammad are as much against segregation as we are against integration.
We are against segregation because it is unjust and we are against integration because it is a false solution to a real problem. It used to be hot, it becomes cool. It used to be strong, it becomes weak.
It used to wake you up, now it puts you to sleep. The aims and objectives of Malcolm X are self-help, self- defense, responsibility, discipline, education and a commitment towards Black Unity.
He often insisted that we as a people cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to our selves. To many he was a militant yet is militancy was only with words not with bullets and booms, firehouse and billy-clubs.
Revolutionaries are the landless against the landlord. Revolutions are never peaceful, never loving, and never nonviolent. Nor are they ever compromising. Revolutions are destructive and bloody. One can never under-mind the achievements of Malcolm X; A devout Muslim whose teachings were laden with references to the faith of Islam.
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The Autobiography is a spiritual conversion narrative . These debates illustrate that Malcolm’s knowledge went way beyond the teachings of the Nation of Islam and extended into many areas.
This reflects Malcom’s personal passion for learning and knowledge of every kind, which shows him to be more than a religious fanatic, as some would have the reader believe. His driving quest for knowledge, self-critique and conversion to Islam changes this ex-convict into an internationally revered, though still controversial, spokesman for the cause of universal human rights.
Malcolm X (–) was an American Muslim minister and human rights activist. To his admirers he was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans; detractors accused him of preaching racism and violence.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X is the story of one of the remarkable lives of the twentieth century. Malcolm X, as presented in this as-told-to autobiography, is a figure of almost mythic proportions; a man who sunk to the greatest depths of depravity and rose to become a man whose life's mission was to lead his people to freedom and strength/5().