Family and Faith in "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" Analytical Essay by Nicky

Family and Faith in "The Autobiography of Malcolm X"
An analysis of Malcolm X's life and its relationship to his espoused philosophical and political beliefs.
# 149684 | 1,414 words | 1 source | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 28, 2011 in African-American Studies (Historical Figures)

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The paper outlines Malcolm X's early years, the destruction of his family, his time in prison and his subsequent relationship with his faith, the Nation of Islam. The paper highlights how the specific challenges and mistakes that Malcolm X faced and made led to the development of a singularly influential personality.

From the Paper:

"Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925, the lightest son of the Reverend Earl Little and Louise Little, in Omaha, Nebraska. His family moved to Milwaukee shortly after Malcolm's birth after having experienced violence in Nebraska due to Earl Little's preaching. In a very basic sense, this illustrates the importance of family in the development of Malcolm X's perception of the racial issue in this country, and his successful exploitation of it. Earl Little's continued determination to propagate is views on the racial issue in the country despite--and perhaps in spite of--the danger such public action brought to himself and his family could not have helped but influence Malcolm X's own determination later in life.
"It is not only the spirit of his father's advocacy that influenced Malcolm, however, but also the content, to a degree. Earl Little was a strong believe in Marcus Garvey, who believed equality could never be achieved in America and urged a return to Africa and a black nationalism. This can be seen echoed in many of Malcolm X's later statements and political/philosophical beliefs. Interestingly, Malcolm X also credits family with having spurred his father on to his beliefs and actions: "Among the reasons my father had decided to risk and dedicate his life to help disseminate this philosophy among his people was that he had seen four of his six brothers die by violence, three of hem killed by white men, including one lynching.""

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Haley, Alex. The Autobiography of Malcolm X. New York: Ballantine Books, 1965.

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