Malcolm X Influence On Religion

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Title On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X, was assassinated at age thirty eight, and the world lost the chance to hear and fully understand his mature political philosophy. Malcolm is a man with a compelling story. He is someone who learned from his experiences, inspired others, fought for justice, and led a tremendous movement with the ultimate goal of freedom from oppression for African Americans. During Malcolm X’s time as a leader of the American Civil Right Movement, there was another leader with a different political and religious philosophy, but who shared the same goal: freedom from oppression for all African Americans. His name was Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and he was a man of the people and mass protests. He led marches standing…show more content…
He did this because he discovered that Elijah Muhammad had 8 different children with 6 teenage women, all of whom has been his personal secretaries, which is something he found unethical. Immediately after he left the NOI, Malcolm X went on a pilgrimage, seeing Muslims of ‘all colors, from blue eyed blondes to black Africans’, interacting as equals led him to see Islam as a means by which racial problems could be overcome. He credits his evolving views on Islam and race as a reason for leaving the Nation of Islam and his decision of convert to Sunni Islam,” says Wikipedia. When Malcolm X was in Mecca, he was exposed to a a version of Islam so different from his own, in terms of how races worked together. While in Africa, Malcolm X focused on the Organization of African Unity(OAU), “So it was our intention to try and find out what it was our African brothers were doing to get results, so that you and I could study what they had done and perhaps gain from that study or benefit from their experiences.” When Malcolm X learned about the OAU, he was inspired by the idea of a broad based coalition where members could join regardless of religion. He famously stated that he would leave his religion at home so he could join forces with all people interested in ending the oppression of African Americans. From what he learned about the OAU, Malcolm proceeded to form the Organization Of African American Unity, which, just like the OAU, was a broad based coalition in which members could join regardless of religious

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