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In Malcolm Xs essay Homemade Education Malcolm X states that theaverage street hustler and criminal were too uneducated to write a letter ButMalcolm X wasnt just an average street hustler In fact Malcolm X started his educationaljourney in Norfolk Prison Colony where he read Elijah Muhammad teachings Malcolm X reveals howhe wrote letters to people in the hustling world Malcolm X was upset and frustratedbecause he couldnt express himself in his letters he didnt want to write using streetslang such as Look daddy let me pull your coat about a cat These letters were the jump startto Malcolm Xs homemade education Malcolm X first showed his interest in a higher education inCharlestown Prison when he met an inmate called Bimbi someone Malcolm X looked up to because ofhis smarts and his ability to take control of a conversation Malcolm X wanted to be likehim but Malcolm X couldnt even understand most of the words he came across when reading abook Since Malcolm X couldnt read or understand these words in addition to hisbad penmanship during his stay in Norfolk Prison Colony Malcolm X decided to pick up adictionary Malcolm X was surprised by how many words existed Malcolm X startedcopying words from the dictionary then read what he wrote over and over againWithout even trying Malcolm X remembers most of the words he had written and reviews theones he didnt he was so interested in the dictionary he continued to copy pages fromthe dictionary Malcolm X came across the same experience he had with the first pagetime and time again Malcolm X was learning about so many people and places he called thedictionary an miniature encyclopedia When Malcolm X finished the A section hemoved on to the B section eventually he finished coping the whole dictionary Adictionary created Malcolm X lanky vocabulary It didnt take Malcolm X long at all to finish copying the dictionarybecause all the practice helped him pick up his hand writing
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