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Introduction to Malcolm X

Malcolm X is known as one of the most influential African American speakers of the 20th century. Malcolm X was a courageous advocate for the civil rights of African Americans and a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans. He was responsible for spreading the Islam faith within black communities and increasing the self-esteem of Africans Americans by reconnecting them to their African heritage. Accusers of Malcolm X though, believed he was a man of racism, anti-semitism, and violence. Director Spike Lee’s film “Malcolm X,” (1992) portrays the life of Malcolm based on The Autobiography of Malcolm X, by Alex Haley (1965).

Malcolm X

Malcolm X

The film, "Malcolm X"

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