The Autobiography of Malcolm X

by: Malcolm X & Alex Haley

Suggested Essay Topics

1. Why does Malcolm go into the details of his early life in Michigan, Boston, and New York?

2. How do the lessons and skills of Malcolm’s life on the street influence his demeanor as a political leader?

3. What, in Malcolm’s experiences, draws him to an activism more militant than the nonviolent activism of Martin Luther King, Jr.?

4. In one speech about the need for blacks to identify with the nonwhite peoples of the world Malcolm X says, “You can’t hate Africa and not hate yourself.” What experiences lead him to make this statement?


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