Malcolm X is considered one of the greatest civil rights activists in history. He was known for his somewhat violent message of blacks defending themselves. Despite his original message, he eventually became more peaceful toward whites. However, as his legacy was just beginning to change things for the good, he was abruptly killed by gunmen. Due to his indecisiveness and early death, Malcolm X had a great, yet inadequate impact on the civil rights movement.
Malcolm little was born on May 19, 1925, in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Louise and Earl Little. In 1929 their house was firebombed by racists while the whole Little family was in the house. It was night and all of them were sleeping. Probably these racists were Ku-Klux-Klan members. The incoming police and firemen didn’t even try to save the house and all of them watched the house burning down. After all that the police arrested Earl Little on suspicion of arson and for carrying a revolver without permit. Earl and Louise Little were followers of Marcus Garvey. He fought for racial separation and more power for blacks. Therefore he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), the largest black movement to date.
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"Many people thought of Malcolm as a racist in reverse" (Boese 4). Because of difference of opinion, there was a difficult relationship existing between Malcolm and Martin. life could Malcolm cease struggling" (Frady 3). "President Kennedy first tried to stop the march, but then, once he saw that blacks were actually organizing it, encouraged the march under the nonviolent leadership supported by the administration" (Myers 130). Past changes included the march on Washington where "over a quarter of a million people from all over the country traveled to Washington DC" (Myers 131). "Most black Muslims felt like Malcolm was doing a good job" (Boese 4). " The New York Times Book Review 6 June 1996, 91. The powerful message he gave set small precedents for future leaders. "On March 8, 1964, Malcolm X announced his break with the Nation of Islam" (Time-Life Books 231). Malcolm X : Another Side of the Movement.