Malcolm X

An influential African-American leader, Malcolm X rose to prominence in the mid-1950s as the outspoken national minister of the Nation of Islam. Malcolm Little, life was all about how he wanted people to see him as. Throughout his life he spent his time identifying who he really was and what he knew in heart his was right. Throughout the first part of his life, Malcolm's deeds were hardly remarkable, yet during the final part, he preached a strong messages of peace between all people and the fair treatment and opportunities of blacks.
Malcolm Little was born May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. This name symbolized him learning to be a civil rights activist from his father. He learned about racism when he was just four years old. Detroit Red first twenty years of his life, Malcolm Little was shaped by social, familial, and personal forces that forged his identity as an independent thinker with a strong personality. His family was falling apart father dead and mother in mental institution. This name symbolized him trying to find himself.
Malcolm X dropped the "slave name" Little and adopted the initial X (representing an unknown). This name symbolized him converting to the Nation of Islam. He learned nationalism the idea that in order to secure freedom, justice and equality, black Americans needed to establish their own state entirely separate from white Americans. El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz also made the Hajj, the traditional Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, during which he converted to traditional Islam and again changed his name, this time to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. This name symbolized him being and practicing Islam. He learned to place the American Civil Rights Movement within the context of a global anti-colonial struggle, embracing socialism and pan-Africanism.
In conclusion, we should learn from the ways Malcolm X turned his life around for the better and how he made a major impact on those around him. He overcame odds and became one of the most...