aa history 2- paper 2 - Susan Martinez December 4 2009...

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Susan Martinez December 4, 2009 African American History II Malcolm X: A Changed Man Malcolm Little, also known as Malcolm X, was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1925; a time of great hardships for African Americans. As a child he endured the loss of both parents through acts of racism and developed a hatred for “White America” as he learned what it was to be black in America. He lived the life of a scholar, a hustler, a prisoner, and a preacher. He went through one transformation after another, and was able to incorporate all his life lessons into his leadership role with the Nation of Islam. And just as he changed as an individual throughout his life from stage to stage, his views on racism within America changed as well. Malcolm X’s journey through life is a story of hope for young America because as engrained as he was with the views that were instilled in him as a child, he was able to change and become a man of unity, freedom, and equality for all. From an early age, Malcolm was faced with one of the hardest realities a child has to bear; the loss of parents. It was here that he learned that racism was not a myth, but a fact in the early 1900s in America. His father was murdered in a fit of rage by the Ku Klux Klan members for being a supporter of Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), which supported the return of African Americans back to Africa. Then when it felt as though justice would be served to the Little family, the life insurance company that corresponded to Malcolm’s father refused to pay the family any kind of compensation to assist their family’s financial situation because they saw his death as a “suicide”. It was here that his struggles began as a child because now came the Great Depression, and with no money to support the mouths of
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Malcolm and his siblings, they resorted to welfare. From here on, Malcolm’s mother turned to
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