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Malcolm X was one of the most dynamic, dramatic and influential figures of the civil rights era. He was an apostle of black nationalism, self respect, and uncompromising resistance to white oppression. Malcolm X was a polarizing figure who both energized and divided African Americans, while frightening and alienating many whites. The blazing heat of Malcolm X's rhetoric sometimes overshadowed the complexity of his message, especially for those who found him threatening in the first place. Malcolm X was assassinated at age 39, but his political and cultural influence grew far greater in the years after his death than when he was alive.

Malcolm X is now popularly seen as one of the two great martyrs of the 20th century black freedom struggle, the other being his ostensible rival, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. But in the spring ofwhen Malcolm X gave his "Ballot or the Bullet" speech, he was regarded by a majority of white Americans as a menacing character. Malcolm X never directly called for violent revolution, but he warned that African Americans would use "any means necessary" — especially armed self defense — once they realized just how pervasive and hopelessly entrenched white racism had become.

He was born Malcolm Little in in Omaha, Nebraska. His father, Earl, was a Baptist preacher and follower of the black nationalist Marcus Garvey. Earl Little's political activism provoked threats from the Ku Klux Klan. After the family Mature women Malcolm Nebraska to Lansing, Michigan, white terrorists burned the Littles' home. A defiant Earl Little shot at the arsonists as they got away. InMalcolm's father was found dead. His family suspected he'd been murdered by white vigilantes. Malcolm's mother, Louise, battled mental illness and struggled to care for her eight children during the Great Depression.

She was committed to a state mental institution when Malcolm was He and the other young children were scattered among foster families. After completing the eighth grade, Malcolm Little dropped out when a teacher told him that his dream of becoming a lawyer was unrealistic for a "nigger. As a teenager, Malcolm Little made his way to New York, where he took the street name Detroit Red and became a pimp and petty criminal. InMalcolm Little was sent to prison for burglary.

He read voraciously while serving time and converted to the Black Muslim faith. He ed the Nation of Islam NOI and changed his name to Malcolm X, eliminating that part of his identity he called a white-imposed slave name. Malcom X was released in after six years in prison. With his charisma and eloquence, Malcolm rose rapidly in the Nation of Islam.

As historian Peniel Joseph describes it, NOI's unorthodox interpretation of Islam was mixed with a doctrine of black personal responsibility and economic self-sufficiency, along with "theological fundamentalism, anti-white mythology, and total racial separation as the means to black redemption. The Nation dismissed the conventional civil rights movement — with its protest marches and demands for equal rights legislation -- as impotent and misguided.

As Malcolm X declared in this speech, the only effective solution to racial inequality was black economic and social separatism. As Malcolm X's national prominence grew, so did a rift between him and Elijah Muhammad. Malcolm X far overshadowed his mentor in the public sphere. He also grew disillusioned by Elijah Muhammad's scandalous personal behavior; the Messenger fathered several children through affairs with his secretaries.

Kennedy's assassination represented "the chickens coming home to roost" because of the war in Vietnam. On April 12,one month after splitting with the NOI, Malcolm X gave his "Ballot or the Bullet" speech at King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit he'd given the address nine days earlier in Cleveland, but the Detroit version is regarded by some scholars as definitive.

Mainstream black ministers in Detroit tried to block Malcolm X from using the church, saying "separatist ideas can do nothing but set back the colored Mature women Malcolm Nebraska cause. Two thousand people — including some of his opponents -- turned out to hear him speak in Detroit. President Lyndon Johnson was running for reelection inand Malcolm X declared it "the year of the ballot or the bullet. Malcolm was now free of the NOI's ban on members participating in the mainstream civil rights movement.

He encouraged black militants to get involved in voter registration drives and other forms of community organizing to redefine and expand the movement.

Mature women Malcolm Nebraska

The day after his Detroit speech, Malcolm X embarked on an overseas tour that included a life-changing pilgrimage to the Muslim holy city of Mecca. Known as the Hajj, the pilgrimage must be carried out at least once in a lifetime by every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so. The racial diversity Mature women Malcolm Nebraska experienced in the Middle East, especially among Muslims, led him to discard his strict notions of black separatism for a wider, more inclusive movement against white supremacy and colonialism.

In the last months of his life, Malcolm X's conflict with the Nation of Islam grew increasingly bitter. Elijah Muhammad and the NOI had a long history of using violence and intimidation against members who strayed. In February,Malcolm X's home was firebombed.

He publicly blamed the Nation of Islam and predicted he would be killed. Three black men, all members of the NOI, were convicted and sent to prison for the murder. In an editorial after his death, The New York Times described Malcolm X as "an extraordinary and twisted man, turning many true gifts to evil purpose.

In assessing Malcolm X's impact, theologian James Cone wrote: "More than anyone else he revolutionized the black mind, transforming docile Negroes and self-effacing colored people into proud blacks and self-confident African-Americans. The militant radical whose image once provoked fear and hatred among many white Americans was celebrated in mainstream movie theaters, on Black History Month posters in elementary school classrooms, and on a postage stamp issued by the United States government.

Mature women Malcolm Nebraska

Moderator, Rev. Cleage, brothers and sisters and friends, and I see some enemies. This afternoon we want to talk about the ballot or the bullet. The ballot or the bullet explains itself. But before we get into it, since this is the year of the ballot or the bullet, I would like to clarify some things that refer to me personally, concerning my own personal position.

I'm still a Muslim. That is, my religion is still Islam. I still credit Mr. Muhammad for what I know and what I am. He's the one who opened my eyes. And when we realize that Adam Clayton Powell, is a Christian minister, he has Abyssinian Baptist Church, but at the same time he's more famous for his political struggling.

Mature women Malcolm Nebraska

And Dr. King is a Christian minister from Atlanta Georgia, or in Atlanta Georgia, but he's become more famous for being involved in the civil rights struggle. There's another in New York, Rev. Galamison, I don't know if you've heard of him out here, he's a Christian minister from Brooklyn, but has become famous for his fight against the segregated school system in Brooklyn.

Mature women Malcolm Nebraska

All of these are Christian ministers [applause] …all of these are Christian ministers but they don't come to us as Christian ministers, they come to us as fighters in some other category. I am a Muslim minister. The same as they are Christian ministers, I'm a Muslim minister. And I don't believe in fighting today on any one front, but on all fronts. And my religious philosophy is personal between me and the God in whom I believe, just as the religious philosophy of these others is between them and the God in whom they believe.

Mature women Malcolm Nebraska

And this is best this way. Were we to come out here discussing religion, we'd have too many differences from the out start and we could never get together. So today, though Islam is my religious philosophy, my political, economic and social philosophy is black nationalism. You and I — [applause] As I say, if we bring up religion, we'll have differences, we'll have arguments, and we'll never be able to get together.

But if we keep our religion at home, keep our religion in the closet, keep our religion between ourselves and our God, but when we come out here we have a fight that's common to all of us against a enemy who is common to all of us. The political philosophy of black nationalism only means that the black man should control the politics and the politicians in his own community.

Mature women Malcolm Nebraska

The time when white people can come in our community and get us to vote for them so that they can be our political leaders and tell us what to do and what not to do is long gone. By the same token, the time when that same white man, knowing that your eyes are too far open, can send another Negro in the community, and get you and me to support him, so that he can use him to lead us astray, those days are long gone too. The political philosophy of black nationalism only means that if you and I are going to live in a black community — and that's where we're going to live, 'cause as soon as you move into one of their….

We must, we must understand the politics of our community and we must know what politics is supposed to produce. We must know what part politics play in our lives. And until we become politically mature, we will always be misled, led astray, or deceived or Mature women Malcolm Nebraska into supporting someone politically who doesn't have the good of our community at heart. So the political philosophy of black nationalism only means that we will have to carry on a program, a political program, of reeducation — to open our people's eyes, make us become more politically conscious, politically mature.

And then, we will — whenever we are ready to cast our ballot, that ballot will be cast for a man of the community, who has the good of the community at heart. The economic philosophy of black nationalism only means that we should own and operate and control the economy of our community. You would never have found—you can't open up a black store in a white community.

Mature women Malcolm Nebraska

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