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As Minister Malcolm X, Malcolm develops confidence and
credibility as a religious leader and media personality. Malcolm
carefully shapes the identity and significance of this persona.
As he rises in the ranks of the Nation of Islam to take over from
the ailing Elijah Muhammad, the press pays close attention to his
philosophies, allowing him to disseminate his message widely. Although
his public statements do not initially depart from the Nation of
Islam’s party line, Malcolm eventually begins to broaden his message
to address white America. As the shock-value media personality Malcolm
X, he calls for a more active approach to domestic racial politics,
and his influence in American society shows the effectiveness with
which he has shaped his persona. After a trip to Africa, Malcolm
X counsels blacks to align themselves with the nonwhite majority
internationally, illustrating his general tendency to let the wisdom
he gains from his experiences influence his attitudes.
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