“Education is the passport to the future, for the tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”-Malcolm X. With that being said Malcolm X meant that you have to educate yourself in order to have a greater and better future. Malcolm X was an important and influential figure in history that had a positive impact because he was an activist and outspoken public voice of the Black Muslim faith, challenged the mainstream civil rights movement.
Malcolm X was born May 19, 1925, in Omaha, Ne his parents are Louise Norton Little (his mother) Earl Little (his father).His mother worked as a homemaker, and his father worked as a minister and a Black nationalist leader. When Malcolm was younger he attended school till he was in middle school he stopped going and dropped out. His discouragement came from one of his teachers he was the only black kid in his predominantly white school. He was adopted into a new family that was not with his mom or father his father died from a fatal killing that is known to have a racial impact but there is no real story on what happened. After, his father’s passing his mother turned mentally ill. Then was no longer able to care for her 10 children.The racial comment coming from his middle school teacher made him angry and then hate the white race.When Malcolm X is in 8th grade, his English teacher, Mr. Ostrowski, asks what career Malcolm is thinking of pursuing. Malcolm is a very bright student who is at the top of his class. Malcolm tells his teacher that he wants to be a lawyer, but Mr. Ostrowski, who has been encouraging up until that point, tells the young Malcolm that the legal profession isn’t realistic for a black person. Instead, the teacher urges Malcolm that was not the place for him.He knew he wanted to change that.
Later in Malcolm X’s life, he fell into the bad habits of petty theft, drugs, violence. One day the things Malcolm did had caught up to him and his partner in crime Malcolm “Shorty” Jarvis and were sentenced to prison for 10 years but was let out three years before. In prison, Malcolm had joined the Black Muslims, known as a new branch in Islam. By the time he was paroled in 1952, he was perfect for the Black Muslims. While the Civil Rights movement was going on he fought against racial segregation. He urged followers to defend themselves against white aggression “by any means necessary”.In 1964 Malcolm took The Pilgrimage to Mecca and claims new insights on racial relations as a result Malcolm X’s pilgrimage to mecca opened his eyes that not all whites or none blacks were okay. People who were not black were his “brothers” too.
Malcolm X became a very famous influential person by becoming a minister, human rights activist, and prominent black nationalist leader who served as a spokesman for the nation of Islam during the 1950s 1960s. Malcolm X was a much more radical speaker than others, such as Martin Luther King Jr., but they both worked for gaining the rights of African-Americans. Malcolm believed actions spoke louder than words, but King felt the opposite. King wanted a more peaceful movement. He also set an example of courage and standing up for oneself. He set an example of turning one’s life around and becoming a moral role model. He helped save many African Americans from a degenerate form of Islam. His speeches and writings inspired many people. When he had confrontations with police officers, they were clearly corrupt as individuals. Not merely members of departments with a history of corruption and racism. That has made it much harder to try to discredit him. Unlike other advocates of the right of African Americans to armed self-defense, including many members of the Black Panthers.