Malcolm X Civil Rights Activist

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Malcolm X Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little, was an extremely influential figure during the Civil Rights Movement. He had many accomplishments ranging from being named the minister of three different temples to writing an autobiography. When Malcolm met Elijah Muhammad his entire life changed. The teachings of this man taught Malcolm an entirely new way of thinking and acting. After being betrayed, Malcolm rethought what he was doing and decided to make a change. Because of the change that he made, Malcolm became an advocate for civil rights and began to speak up about what he believed in. He gained many followers and helped the Nation of Islam (NOI) to grow from around five hundred members to as many as thirty-thousand members. In his autobiography,…show more content…
He became the Nation of Islam’s national representative for being so influential in their society. Malcolm preached that African Americans were supposed to be proud of their heritage and to not take any help from white Americans. He believed that is was better for blacks and whites to be segregated because he didn’t want the influence of the whites. He even wanted a state separate from the whites so that African Americans could rely on themselves to solve their own problems. Although Malcolm believed in violence, he didn’t think it was the only answer. He repeatedly said that blacks should get what is theirs “by any means necessary.” Many whites and even a few blacks were disturbed by the things that Malcolm had to say during this period of time. They started to describe Malcolm and the Nation of Islam as racists, black supremacists, violence-seekers, segregationists, and a threat to improving racial relations. Civil rights organizations condemned him and the Nation for being reckless extremists who did not properly represent African
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