Malcolm X's Role In The Civil Rights Movement

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The Life of Malcolm X The civil rights movement was a hard time in American history, many are ashamed at how hard it was to achieve equal rights. This period of civil rights did stand to promote and create a set of social and economic rights for african americans previously in a shockingly unbalanced way compared to white americans. The movement of civil rights was hard fought in towns and cities throughout America. This struggle for equal rights was fought by equal rights organizations. The leaders of one of these organizations was one Malcolm X, at the time still known by his “slave name,” as he stated it, Malcolm Little. Malcolm Little was born on May 19, 1925, in the fairly large city of Omaha, Nebraska, having a population of nearly 200,000. Omaha had one of the largest populations of african americans in America at the time. The large number of african americans made it a target of many anti-colored people organization. His fathered was a part of the somewhat underground movement of improving black’s right, underground in the sense that he drew little attention to himself. His father was a Baptist minister and organizer for Marcus Garvey's Universal Negro Improvement Association. In 1929 the family house was burned down,…show more content…
In prison Malcolm turned to religion to guide him through this entropic period of his life. Finding faith in the religion of Islam. Soon after his new religious proclivity Malcolm discarded his “slave name” and took up the name Malcolm X. The “X” in his name was chosen to represent the dismemberment of his family's former name through slavery and emerging from slavery with nothing but a mark on their history. He began to try to persuade his fellow inmates to join the Islamic faith. He continued this behavior upon his parole with his opening of multiple mosk in Boston, Philadelphia and Harlem. The membership of his newly founded mosk eventually reaching 30,000 by
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