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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceQuotations · 1 decade ago

what were some accomplishments of Malcolm X?

I am doing an essay comparing Malcolm X and Martin Luther King... is there any specific events that Malcolm X lead?

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    Malcolm X (born Malcolm Little; May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965), also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, was an American Black Muslim minister and a spokesman for the Nation of Islam.

    After leaving the Nation of Islam in 1964, he made the pilgrimage, the Hajj, to Mecca and became a Sunni Muslim.

    He also founded the Muslim Mosque, Inc. and the Organization of Afro-American Unity.

    Less than a year later, he was assassinated in Washington Heights on the first day of National Brotherhood Week.

    Historian Robin D.G. Kelley wrote, "Malcolm X has been called many things: Pan-Africanist, father of Black Power, religious fanatic, closet conservative, incipient socialist, and a menace to society.

    The meaning of his public life — his politics and ideology — is contested in part because his entire body of work consists of a few dozen speeches and a collaborative autobiography whose veracity is challenged. Malcolm has become a sort of tabula rasa, or blank slate, on which people of different positions can write their own interpretations of his politics and legacy.

    In 1952, after his release from prison, Malcolm visited Elijah Muhammad in Chicago. Like many members of the Nation of Islam, Malcolm changed his surname to "X". He explained the name by saying, "The 'X' is meant to symbolize the rejection of 'slave names' and the absence of an inherited African name to take its place. The 'X' is also the brand that many slaves received on their upper arm."

    In September 1960, Malcolm met with Fidel Castro during Castro's visit to the United Nations in New York. Malcolm was a prominent member of a Harlem-based welcoming committee made up of black community leaders that greeted heads of state, particularly those from African countries, who had come to New York to address the UN General Assembly.

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