Unformatted text preview: The most important influence upon Malcolm at this time was Bimbi, another inmate. Bimbi was an educated man, who could talk at length on almost any subject; he would frequently lecture his fellow prisoners on various topics. Bimbi persuaded Malcolm to learn to read and write again, and Malcolm began to use his spare time working on a correspondence course in English. After about a year of study, he could write well; then he began a course in Latin, influenced by Bimbi's talk about the origins of English words. During this time, Malcolm began receiving letters from his family, telling him about "the natural religion for the black man," the Nation of Islam. But he was still wild and atheistic and his replies were blasphemous and insulting. Finally Reginald, who understood Malcolm better than the rest of the family, tried an indirect approach. Rather than mentioning religion, he told Malcolm that he could the family, tried an indirect approach....
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- Fall '09
- Malcolm, Elijah Muhammad, smoking cigarettes. Malcolm