That moment changed his life. I am sure he understood that before, but it seemed like that moment was when it clicked for him. After reading this book, I want to do more to combat racism and discrimination.
While in Boston Malcolm became accustomed to the streets and how to hustle to make a living. Malcolm like many other children in the streets would get into the life of crime. While in prison Malcolm comes in contact with the muslim religion and the teachings of Elijah Muhammad and begins his next transformation. While in prison Malcolm would read the dictionary and practice the teachings of Elijah Muhammad. Malcolm received a written letter from Elijah Muhammad and decided to complete the transformation. Malcolm stated that he was surprised at the reaction of the people and how they practiced openly with white muslims.
Wow. This book went through Malcolm X's life and delved into his beliefs, the times, other major figures, and managed to do it in a way that presented a nuanced, thorough, and introspective account of this complicated man's life. It took the time to go into a lot of background and history in a way that few things tend to do these days, I think. I started doing black history my third year when I switched books and, spurred on by a black father who brought to my attention many things about the portrayal of the black experience (and specifically how I needed better resources and knowledge), began actually delving into much of this history. I've been working on it little by little since then, by trying to read a variety of black literature (particularly for children) and trying to educate myself about the black experience, black history, and current and topical black struggles. Malcolm X is one of the most interesting, misrepresented people I think I've ever had the pleasure to read about. At that time, he saw how black people were getting short-shafted economically, but decided the best way to circumvent this was through crime. The Nation of Islam took many ideas of Marcus Garvey, who felt that blacks should help raise each other up and they only needed each others' help, and focused it into real, lived practices. Thus, the message of the Nation of Islam was that black people should try to separate themselves from the mainstream white population. It's all about how it sounds and this book did a great job of trying its best to remove "how it sounds" or to couch "how it sounds" in history and background and context. He was so much more than that, and to reduce him to such violent and hateful terms is untrue and, I feel after reading this book, slanderous. And I don't think history really likes Malcolm X. This book, I think, is especially important right now. I think there is a lot of confusion over why many black people in this country are upset. Many people say things like, "but slavery was so long ago" and "what's so bad for them right now anyways" and a book like this goes into so much history that sheds light on the circumstances and events of today. This book really informs why movements like Black Lives Matter are important, crucially so, and are still relevant and required today. Take the time to look through their eyes and see their histories and read books about this struggle.
This book, though it is written for pre-teen to early teen, does not shy away from looking at aspects of Shabazz's life and does not miss very much in detail. I will give m own views about Malcolm X when I review that book.
The book contained great quotes from Malcolm X. My favorite part of the book is when Malcolm went to jail, because that is when he changed his whole life around. Malcolm sold drugs gambled and robbed people. Malcolm lived a life full of sin, then ended up a holy man. This book also taught me to never judge, because Malcolm sold drugs and robbed people so he can have money to live off of. Its sad to see people resort to sinful behavior, but Malcolm had a reason for the things he did. I liked how Malcolm was a great leader, he set a great example of himself so people can follow him. Malcolm ended up in prison where he changed his life around, he quit Atheistism then converted to Islam. Elijah Muhammad told Malcolm to stay away from drugs and sinful behavior. When Malcolm went to prison, he improved his life. Malcolm read books, quit drugs and put his faith in the Islamic religion. Malcolm led a mosque where he taught people to stay away from sinful behavior. I recommend this book to both genders, because everyone should be able to learn about Malcolm X.
I remembered many of the important things, but I had forgotten that he spent much of his time in Boston when he was younger, and I didn't know that he had changed his name once more later in life!
For one of his books, Monster, he received the first Michael Printz Award for Young Adult literature awarded by the American Library Association. For three years he led a writing workshop for children in a school in Jersey City, New Jersey. Walter Dean Myers was married, had three grown children and lived in Jersey City, New Jersey.