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The name Malcolm X still stirs emotions of fear and hatred in many Americans When he was murdered in the Ballroom in Harlem on February 21 1965 he was world-famous as the angriest black man in America This is true because unlike Martin Luther King Jr Malcolm X advocated freedom for blacks by any means necessary For him even the use of violence was a viable solution to fight racial discrimination Because of such views some people still associate Malcolm X with the Black Panther movement of the sixties which they believe was a radical and violent organization But portraying Malcolm X simply as a violent black activist fails to represent the whole picture It does not take into account the post-Mecca Malcolm X when he recanted his black separatism message and started to support unity among all people When we review Malcolm Xs life from his birth to his tragic death then we will find a courageous leader who was able to do the following First he was able to turn his own personal life around From a common criminal he became a leader of his people Second he was able to persuade others to what he believed in In other words he was a man full of charisma Third he was able to admit his mistakes and correct them even if meant losing his status and life He fought for what he believed in which was justice and he was not afraid to reverse his ideas when he found them erroneous First of all Malcolm X was able to turn his own personal life around He turned all his beliefs and ways of life upside down when joining the Nation of Islam Before joining the nation of Islam he was a hustler who tried to earn enough money for his excessive life style He was selfish and lost all his conscience He did not fear any other people or death and used
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