Malcolm X remains one of the most iconic and influential men in African-American history. American history would be incomplete without Malcolm X’s examples and his challenge to previously accepted norms. He was a devote and passionate human rights activist. He was both courageous and determined in his advocacy in indicting white America for crimes against black people. He is credited with raising the self-esteem of African-Americans and articulating the connection of blacks with our African roots, perhaps his greatest legacy.
Born Malcolm Little (May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965) in Omaha, Nebraska. He was the fourth child of Earl and Louise Little. His father created enemies because of his association with black groups that encouraged self-reliance and black pride. Earl Little was local leader of The Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL) founded by Marcus Garvey.
Malcolm changed his name to Malcolm X. The “X” replacing the white slave master name.
In 1964, Malcolm X announced his departure from the Nation of Islam. He converted to Sunni Muslim.
Assassination February 21, 1965. There are conspiracy theories as to who or what organization had Malcolm murdered. The fact is; at the Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan, New York, 3 men rushed the stage and fired on him at close range. The autopsy identified 21 gunshot wounds.
Malcolm X’s legacy has grown since his death. Many African-Americans feel that Malcolm X articulated their feeling of frustration, and distrust of the American government and capitalism in the United States. In 1998, “Time” magazine named “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”, as told to Alex Haley, as one of the most influential books of the 20th century.
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Malcolm X was born on May 19, 1925. What was his name when he was born?Correct
Malcolm X or Malcolm Little was the fourth child of Earl and Louise Little.Incorrect
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Malcolm was born in the mid-west. Lived in Boston and died in New York. What city was he born?Correct
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Malcolm was sent to live with his half-sister in Boston during his teen years. Because of a petty crime, Malcolm spent _______ years in jail.Correct
Malcolm X was paroled after 7 years of his 10 years sentence.Incorrect
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In Chicago, Malcolm X met with Elijah Muhammad. Malcolm was named the assistant minister of the Nation of Islam’s Temple Number One in what city?Correct
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Malcolm X met and married Betty Sanders in 1958. How many children did they have?Correct
6 daughters. Twins were born after Malcolm was assassinated.Incorrect
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During the 1960’s civil rights movement. Malcolm X advocated a separation of the races, instead of integration. What famous leader did he label a “chump”.Correct
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Malcolm X began to become disillusioned with the Nation of Islam and it’s leader Elijah Muhammad and announced his break with the Nation on March 8, 1964. He traveled to what city as he began to study Sunni Islam?Correct
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Following a year of death threats, Malcolm X was assassinated while giving a speech at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, New York. How many gunshot wounds did he suffer to his chest, arms, and legs?Correct
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Malcolm X’s message articulate the feelings of many Blacks frustration with the United States. His autobiography is listed as one of the most influential books of the 20th century. To what author did Malcolm get to write his story?Correct
Haley wrote wrote Roots in 1976.Incorrect
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Malcolm X’s story has been portray many times on stage and in film. However, arguably critics haven chosen the film “Malcolm X” by spike lee one of the top 10 movies of the 1990’s. Who portrayed Malcolm X in this movie?Correct
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See: -“The Autobiography of Malcolm X”;
– the official website of Malcolm X;