HST 320 Malcolm X - Throughout his life Malcolm...

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Throughout his life, Malcolm Little (known as Malcolm X) had seen many hardships. While growing up he had to deal with extreme racism, and violence both to himself and his family. This violence resulted in the loss of both his father and his mother. With a ripped apart family and no support system, Little fell into a life a crime. At his lowest Little was able to turn his life around and become one of the lead speakers on The Civil Rights movement in the United States, and is well known for his activism and influence he had on a misguided America. Malcolm Little was born into a family of eight children on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. His mother was a homemaker and his father was a Baptist minister. His father, Earl Little, was an avid supporter of Black Nationalist leader Marcus Garvey. His civil rights involvement brought death threats against the Little family from the white supremacist organization known as the Black Legion. These death threats forced the Little family to relocate twice before Malcolm was four years old. In 1929, unable to evade the Legion, their Lansing, Michigan home was burned to the ground. Malcolm recalled a story his mother told him about the racism his family went through, "When my mother was pregnant with me, she told me later, a party of hooded Klu Klux Klan riders galloped up to our home. ..Brandishing their shotguns and rifles, they shouted for my father to come out" (Malcolm X Official Website). Malcolm learned at a young age that the fight for African American’s rights was a violent and dangerous struggle. Little’s family struggled to remain concealed from the Legion, however, they could not outrun them. In 1931, Earl was found dead on the town’s trolley tracks. Although the Little family was sure that Black Legion had burned their house to the ground and killed Earl Little, the police ruled the incidents as accidents. Several years after Earl passed away Little’s mother, Louise Little, suffered an emotional breakdown. She was committed to a mental institution and the Little children were split up and put into different foster homes and orphanages. Little was a smart student throughout his childhood, and even graduated junior high at the top of his class. He was even motivated to become a lawyer until one of his favorite teachers told
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him that it was "no realistic goal for a nigger" (Malcolm X Official Website). After his teacher crushed his dreams he lost interest in school, dropped out, and began working various odd jobs in
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2012 for the course HST 320 taught by Professor Rosentrater during the Spring '11 term at Michigan State University.

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