Too many look upon Malcolm X as a “black nationalist”….and a member of the Nation of Islam…..someone who hated whites and worked against them until his death in 1965…….
Sorry but that is not completely accurate……after his visit to Mecca he embraced orthodox Islam and cooled his more radical views on race however he remained a proponent of “black power” until his death…..
Malcolm X was the passionate and controversial black activist who was assassinated in New York City in 1965.
Born in Nebraska and raised in a foster home, Malcolm Little had a troubled youth that included burglary and drug dealing. At age 20 he was sent to prison for a 10-year term. While in prison, he adopted the Black Muslim faith and upon his release in 1952 became a minister of the Nation of Islam. As Malcolm X, he was a charismatic advocate of black separatism who rejected Martin Luther King, Jr.’s policies of non-violence.
At first a follower of Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X broke with the Nation of Islam in 1964. That same year he made a pilgrimage to Mecca and shortly afterwards he embraced orthodox Islam and took the name El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. He recanted some of his earlier more strident viewpoints on race, though he remained a staunch advocate of “black power.”
Malcolm X was shot to death by a group of men while giving a speech in New York City in 1965; some of the men had connections to the Nation of Islam, though a formal tie between that group and the assassination was never proven.
If you would like more info on Malcolm X then I suggest that this site will be the best and most informative……
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Another leader of the people that needs more exposure than he gets….most know only of his early years and do not go past the rhetoric….time for that to change!
He was an activist that needs to be studied and appreciated.