In the essay "A Homemade Education," Malcolm X describes how he became interested in reading and learned to educated himself in prison. He is glad that his homemade education changed his life and led him to success.
When Malcolm went to prison, he find his spelling and handwriting is so bad that he couldn't even write in a straight line. Because of Bimbi' s huge knowledge, he could take charge their conversation. It made Malcolm felt shame and then decided to learn reading.
Firstly, he got a dictionary. And then everyday he began to copy one page in order to write down some marks. After that he write them down on the tablets and repeat reading his handwriting aloud again and again. On the next day, Malcolm X would try to remember the words leaned yesterday also review the other words. Then he began to copy the next page of the dictionary.
Malcolm start to study Muhammad's teachings. Malcolm X spend all the time in reading books. He found freedom while he was reading books in prison. The problem which hindered his reading was he had to turn off the lights in his room about 10 p.m. every night. Luckily, there was a corridor light he could use to continue reading.
Malcolm X curious books on history and he knew about the history of black civilizations throughout the world, African colonization and China’s Opium Wars.
He also read about genetics and religion. All of those reading opened his mind, increased his knowledge and finally owned people's respect.