Sunday, 26 October 2014

Black History Month: Malcolm X

Seeing as its black history month, I thought I have to make a post related to black history and the positive black figures history has to offer.

I'll start with Malcom X, a civil rights activist during the civil rights movement in America. He didn't have the best of starts, he grew up in a racist society that told him he could never put his good brains to use because of his skin colour.
"The turning point in Malcolm X's childhood came in 1939, when his English teacher asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up and he answered that he wanted to be a lawyer. His teacher responded, "One of life's first needs is for us to be realistic ... you need to think of something you can be ... why don't you plan on carpentry?" Having thus been told in no uncertain terms that there was no point in a black child pursuing education, Malcolm X dropped out of school the following year, at the age of 15."

He turned to a life of crime, went to prison, left prison and became Muslim in the Nation of Islam (not a good sect of Islam). As the intelligent and articulate character he was, he was soon appointed as the organisation's spokesmen which bought thousands of people to follow the organisations teachings and gained his popularity throughout the country. A number of things happened with Elijah Muhammad which caused Malcolm X to lose faith in the organisation and hence leave in March 1964. In the same year, he went to hajj which proved life changing for him. He came back with new beliefs, and he now realised that black superiority and segregation wasn't the way forward.
"The true brotherhood I had seen had influenced me to recognize that anger can blind human vision," he said. "America is the first country ... that can actually have a bloodless revolution." 

I'm particularly fond of this man for his change to what is right, his articualtion and his passion.His fiery character definitely shone through to me as an admirable character.

Read more : http://www.malcolmx.com/about/bio.html

http://www.biography.com/people/malcolm-x-9396195#synopsis

http://www.biography.com/people/malcolm-x-9396195/videos/malcolm-x-mini-biography-2078946252

http://www.biography.com/people/malcolm-x-9396195/videos/malcolm-x-a-declaration-of-independence-908867887

Malcolm X: Cassius Marcellus Clay, better known as Muhammad Ali, stands with fellow Muslim and civil rights activist Malcolm X in New York City on March 2, 1964. (Photo by John Peodincuk/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, so much greatness in one photo
Malcolm X   Jake LaMotta 

Because there are too many to post in this one blog post, here are some of his quotes:  http://www.malcolmx.com/about/quotes.html