NIA that was led by Marcus Garvey which made him a target for many racist

Nia that was led by marcus garvey which made him a

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began his autobiography with informing his readers that his father was an organizer for U.N.I.A that was led by Marcus Garvey which made him a target for many racist organizations especially the Ku Klux Klan. He went into detail about his childhood mentioning all the places his family migrated to because of the work his father was in. Throughout all the verbal threats his family especially his father had received he mentioned in The Autobiography of Malcolm X , “Our home was burning around us. We were lunging and bumping and tumbling all over each other trying to escape. The white police and firemen came and stood around watching as the house burned to the ground (568). During the process of comparing and contrasting Douglass and Malcolm’s life it was determined that they both had different experiences, but one common factor. White people were still hateful towards the black community. Adding that quote to the text was important because it shows that although African Americans have come a long way from shackled with chains and forced to work in the fields we still had to suffer. Malcom and his family received no help from the firemen or police department for one reason. The color of their skin. Fast forward to Malcom
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being older he worked as a waiter at a nightclub he met his entry way into a dark world that changed his life forever. He became involved in robberies witch eventually landed him in jail. During his time there is while studying the Nation of Islam he began to read books at the library. Before he began his journey in the literacy world he didn’t know how to write and had very poor handwriting skills. When he attempted to write a letter to Elijah Muhammed he said, “I spent two days just riffling uncertainty through the dictionary pages. I didn’t know which words I needed to learn. Finally, just to start some kind of action, I began copying. In slow painstaking, ragged handwriting (575).” Progressing to learn every word in the dictionary Malcom also began to read more books and often got upset when the lights would go out in his cell while trying to read. When analyzing this stage in Malcom’s life I find it very influential and motivating because it showed how he made the decision to want to learn more after being embarrassed of the little knowledge he had in literacy.
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