The Autobiography of Malcolm X

The Autobiography of Malcolm: The Story Behind the Man College

The Autobiography of Malcolm X is a first-hand account of one of history's lasting figures in the long-standing struggle for racial equality. Throughout the honest and unfiltered autobiography, we are given a chance to peer into the mind and heart of a man who earnestly tried to find his place in a white-dominated world, only to realize that violence was the only way to both live and die for what he believed in as he joined the puritanical movement of the Black Muslims. This realization, however, is less about outright rejection of societal norms, and more about the transformation that took place in a man who saw the true root cause of inequality in his country. Ultimately, the autobiography offers readers an opportunity to discover more about their own views on race and mankind through the eyes of a man who gave a voice to forgotten African-Americans, while demonstrating self-respect, hope, and boldness even in the face of mounting liberal hypocrisy and black racialism.

It seems that Malcolm X already knew his fate long before his assassination in 1965. “It has always been my belief that I, too, will die by violence,” he said. “I have done all that I can to be prepared." This solemn yet hopeful tone courses throughout his...

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