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I read an excerpt from the book The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley In this part of the book Malcolm discusses his quest for knowledge He starts off by telling us about how he wrote his Harlem hustler friends and told them all about Allah and Mr Elijah Muhammad the two main figures in the Islam religion He never got a single reply and figured it was because the average hustler and criminal couldnt read He also thought that maybe they thought he had gone crazy because after all he was writing them about the devil the white devil Maybe his letters never even got there White men men who might have just thrown the letters out censored all of his mail However no one ever said anything to him about them or ever treated him differently because of itAs Malcolm X be3gan to write more letters to a wide variety of people he became frustrated with the fact that he could not communicate with them as he wanted to It was because of these letters that I happened to stumble upon starting to acquire some kind of homemade education He hated it because he had been the most articulate hustler on the streets of Harlem and could get anyones attention with his words He was admired for the eloquent words he spoke and was not used to being ignored For now even the simplest English was hard for him to write His quest for an education had begun but it would be a long one He decries how it all really began while he was being held at the Charlestown Prison Bimbi a fellow prisoner was very intelligent and Malcolm envied his gift Bimbi encouraged him to read and Malcolm would try but would end up quitting because he would skip the words he didnt know and keep reading The problem with this was that he could never fully
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