Malcolm X is and will always be remembered for what he did to help the movement for equal rights. Although Malcolm X’s life ended, his ideas lived on to significantly help the Civil Rights Movement. But, how did Malcolm X help the movement for African-Americans rights? His words lived on by giving African Americans freedom to go outside of the mainstream peaceful protests, he empowered oppressed people to protect themselves, “by any means necessary,” and made African Americans proud of their heritage while building communities with them.
His words lived on by giving African Americans freedom to go away from the normal peaceful protesting. For example, Us History had a section where they talked about the autobiography of Malcolm X. They took out a quote from the book. The quote said , “ [It’s] different as mine and Dr. Martin Luther King’s non-violent marching, that dramatizes the brutality and the evil of the white man against defenseless blacks… it is anybody’s guess which of the ‘extremes’ in approach to the black man’s problems might personally meet a fatal catastrophe first — ‘non-violent’ Dr. King, or so-called ‘violent’ me.” He didn’t believe in the mainstream peaceful protests, as they were they result of many defenseless black deaths. He brought up the idea to leave that style when it seem like there was no other option. To add on, Us History were leading into talking about his autobiography. Then the author said, “After his assassination, the widespread distribution of his life story—The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965)—made him an ideological hero, especially among black youth.” He wasn’t as popular as Martin Luther King Jr while he was alive, but his different style of ideas really gained momentum with the autobiography, after he died. In addition, Britannica was talking about what exactly Malcolm X was preaching to his crowds of people. The narrator said, “He also criticized the mainstream civil rights movement, challenging Martin Luther King, Jr.’s central notions of integration and nonviolence. Malcolm argued that more was at stake than the civil right to sit in a restaurant or even to vote.” His ideas were a break from the usual peaceful protests that many thought weren’t enough to really fight the white supremacy at the time. His words carried on by gifting African Americans freedom to leave the normal peaceful protesting.
Malcolm X empowered African Americans to protect themselves, “by any means necessary,” First and foremost, Us History was talking about how Malcolm X wanted African Americans to fight for equality. The author said, “Violence was not the only answer, but violence was justified in self-defense. Blacks should achieve what was rightfully theirs ‘by any means necessary.’” This philosophy was different than any strategy before its time, and it is seems like “the strategy” for teenagers that don’t like peaceful protesting. Most teens decided to follow what Malcolm X was preaching instead of peaceful protests. In addition, Britannica was talking about how the society reacted to X’s Intel on what he believed. They authors said, “His biting critique of the “so-called Negro” provided the intellectual foundations for the Black Power and black conscience movements in the United States” His ideas helped more African Americans make foundations on fighting back based on how Malcolm X wanted to fight back. To add on, Biography was showing us a famous quote said by Malcolm X during one of his many interviews. Malcolm X said, “Power in defense of freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression,” he stated. “Because power, real power, comes from our conviction which produces action, uncompromising action.” This quote made many African Americans feel like they could fight back, and with the new method, they had hope that they could win the rights that they deserved. Malcolm X entitled African Americans to save themselves, “by any means necessary.”
Malcolm X made African Americans proud of their heritage while building communities with them. To start off, Biography were stating what Malcolm X promoted during his many speeches and interviews. The authors said, “He promoted the establishment of a separate state for African Americans in which they could rely on themselves to provide solutions to their own problems.” He gave African Americans the area they needed to give themselves their own economy with others. To add on, Britannica was stating the many accomplishments of Malcolm X’s life. The authors said, “Malcolm X helped to change the terms used to refer to African Americans from “Negro” and “colored” to “black” and “Afro-American.”The term “Negro” was a word African Americans most likely heard as an insult more than once. But by giving them the name “African American” they called themselves that rather than actually thinking that “Negro” was what their rightful name is. To finish off, Tonya Bolden was writing about what Malcolm X’s main goal through all of his work. Tonya Bolden said, ”He urged his people to learn their history and to embrace the African in them. Integrity was not the way Malcolm proclaimed.” As Mr.Barth says, Ignorance is the enemy of empathy. With them knowing the only the bad parts of their history, they will think that their ancestors were actually terrible people instead of them knowing the truth.Malcolm X made African Americans respect their heritage while constructing communities with them.
Malcolm X is and will always be known for what he did to aid the civil rights movement. Although Malcolm X’s life abruptly ended, his ideas lived on to significantly assisted the Civil Rights Movement .But, how did Malcolm X help the movement for African-Americans rights? His words lived on by giving African Americans freedom to go away from the mainstream peaceful protests, he empowered oppressed people to protect themselves, “by any means necessary,” and made African Americans proud of their heritage while building communities with them. Would the Civil Rights Movement work like it did if Malcolm X wasn’t born?