The Man Who Believes

(Malcolm X) Chloe Culver

"The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."

Facts

  1. His father, Earl Little, was a Baptist minister deeply involved as a Civil Rights activist and avid supporter of the Black Nationalist leader Marcus Garvey.

  2. Malcolm Little changed his name to Malcolm X to signify a tribal name as he was of the opinion that ‘œLittle’ was a slave name

  3. Malcolm became involved with the Nation of Islam (NOI) movement and was credited with increasing membership in the NOI from 500 in 1952 to 30,000 in 1963.

  4. One of the most famous quotes of Malcolm X was, ‘œWithout education, you are not going anywhere in this world.’

  5. Malcolm’s mother was from the West Indies, born of mixed parentage. Her mother was black and father white.

  6. Malcolm was founder and editor of an influential black journal called ‘œMuhammad Speaks.’ He advocated black power instead of integration and racial equality.

  7. Malcolm X had childhood memories of the Ku Klux Klan attacking and burning down his home. This was in Lansing, Michigan.

  8. Malcolm was assassinated on February 21, 1965 at a speaking engagement in the Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom.


Malcom effects the views

Malcolm X's social views, or faith influenced how he viewed the whole white race. He converted because the white man religion was Christianity. "Although Malcolm words often stung with the injustices against blacks in America, the equally racist views of the Nation of Islam kept him from accepting any whites as sincere or capable of helping the situation. For twelve years he preached that the white man was the devil and the "Honorable Elijah Muhammad" was God's messenger. Unfortunately, most images of Malcolm today focus on this period of his life, although the transformation he was about to undergo would give him a completely different, and more important, message for the American people." States a research paper about why Malcom converted. Malcom's beliefs influenced not only the social views of people but also their political viewpoint. "When the Ku Klux Klan bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., in September 1963, killing four African-American girls, Malcolm X’s statements became even more militant in response to this act of racist terrorism and the failure of the John F. Kennedy administration to take effective action in support of civil rights."

How and Why about what malcolm went through during the civil war

Why did Malcolm Little change his name to Malcolm X?

A- Born Malcolm Little, he changed his last name to X to signify his rejection of his “slave” name.

How did Malcolm X come to believe in Islamic belief?

A- While in prison for robbery from 1946 to 1952, he underwent a conversion that eventually led him to join the Nation of Islam, an African American movement that combined elements of Islam with black nationalism. His decision to join the Nation also was influenced by discussions with his brother Reginald, who had become a member in Detroit. Wallace Fard founded the Nation of Islam in the 1930s. Christianity was the white man's religion, declared Fard. It was forced on African Americans during the slave experience. Islam was closer to African roots and identity. Members of the Nation of Islam read the Koran, worship Allah as their God, and accept Mohammed as their chief prophet. Mixed with the religious tenets of Islam were black pride and black nationalism. The followers of Fard became known as Black Muslims