Wednesday, April 26, 2006

In one of my classes, I have been working on a paper on the book I have been reading, "The Authobiography of Malcom X". Not only has it become one of my favorite books to this day, but it has taught me a lot about being honest and true to ones self before being able to do so towards others. Not only with this was he able to change himself, but nearly just as importantly, Malcom X was able to change society as a whole. He taught people to fend for themselves and to stay true to their beliefs. I couldn't think of a better role model who not only preached such powerful and truthful words, but also he stuck to what he believed in and followed what he said too.

Here's a little bit from my paper.

An extremely social personality, loving and strong willed. He never failed himself, and always tried to do what was best. He was a spokesperson for his people, one may recall. A powerful leader who never stopped trying to prove his place and other Negroes places in society. Through his lifetime, and growing up as a child, he learned through his experiences to see his race as a whole and not just himself, later looking for equal societal ways, whichever way he could get them. One elder lady, described this man after an afternoon of tea, enjoying his company: “You know, it was like having tea with a blank panther” (Haley, vii). He left a strong impression on individuals, communities, on the world as a whole. No one has ever come among us like Malcolm X has. No one will ever replace him, or take away his memories and all that he did for our society today. Not only should we be thankful in our day to day lives and hope for more people like him to travel along our paths, but we should never forget the footprints he made in our histories.

Malcolm, while experiencing his new job and new life, I believe develops an epiphany: he changes his last name to ‘X’, symbolizing the unknown African name he would have had if his ancestors had not been kidnapped and enslaved. I believe that this representation of ‘X’ is a sign of maturity and growth inside of Malcolm. He sees how important his family is to him and that he is not embarrassed of who he is or where he came from, but proud. It means more than words could possibly ever describe. Later down the road, he finds himself developing another temple in New York where he and his followers emphasize on the Christian’s role in the oppression of blacks.

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