By Tom Robinson

This biography examines the awesome lifetime of Malcolm X utilizing easy-to-read, compelling textual content. via awesome black-and-white photos and wealthy colour photos, readers will find out about Malcolm Xs family members historical past, early life, schooling, and position as a human rights activist and state of Islam chief. Informative sidebars increase and aid the textual content. beneficial properties contain a desk of contents, timeline, proof web page, thesaurus, bibliography, and an index. Aligned to universal center criteria and correlated to country criteria. crucial Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing corporation.

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M A LCO L M X ‡ 43 Malcolm X also helped spread the Nation’s message with the written word. He eventually started a national newspaper, Muhammad Speaks, in 1960. Controversial Message While working in New York, Malcolm X was interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI had opened a file on Malcolm X after he described himself as a Communist in a 1950 letter he wrote to President Harry S. Truman from prison. THE HATE THAT HATE PRODUCED Public awareness of the Nation and Malcolm X increased with the 1959 PBS documentary The Hate That Hate Produced.

In 1959, Malcolm X made his first trip overseas to tour Muslim countries. He made visits to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Nigeria, and Ghana. During his tour, Malcolm X served as Nation leader Elijah Muhammad’s ambassador. With a much more effective speaking style than the more subdued Muhammad, Malcolm X was often the Nation’s more visible speaker. In 1961, Muhammad appointed Malcolm X the national representative of the Nation. The appointment caused criticism from members of the Nation’s inner circle, who were threatened by Malcolm X’s growing profile within the Nation.

Louis Lomax, a black journalist, joined journalist Mike Wallace in the report. The series offered a controversial portrait of the Nation and its ideas surrounding racism. Although much of the report was viewed as a negative look at the Nation, the Nation’s leaders did see the value in publicity. In an attempt to respond to the report, Malcolm X established Muhammad Speaks, a monthly 44 ‡ ES S EN T I A L L I V ES publication reporting on issues from the Nation’s perspective. Muhammad Speaks was distributed both inside and outside the organization in an effort to promote the Nation’s positions.

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