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Cheryl Boyd 3-30-01 Book review 3 Simon The Autobiography of Malcolm X Knowledge is generally acquired through going to school Growing up people are always taught that if they want to be the best and smartest they can be they should go to school and learn as much as they can The Autobiography of Malcolm X shows us that knowledge may be acquired through several different ways For Malcolm X learning came from a different approach Malcolm was raised in a time period where school may not have been the best possible solution for him However he became well educated and learned about race in America through the knowledge of others his personal experiences and his family values When Malcolm entered prison for burglary was probably the turning point of his life Before he was sentenced he did not care about the world around him he became involved in drugs stealing and an affair with a white woman Malcolm entered prison with this attitude that nothing in the world could bother him until he met Bimbi Bimbi was another convict serving at the same time as Malcolm He tried to reach out to Malcolm but did not succeed at first When Malcolm took the initiative to figure out what this guy was about he learned a great deal about his life and race Bimbi and Malcolm spent the majority of their time together and Bimbi taught Malcolm to see behind the written word to the underlying definition Soon after Malcolm began to read and write again Bimbi began explaining the beliefs and teachings of Elijah Muhammad The beliefs of Muhammad had a huge impact on the life of Malcolm He began to see things through a one-point perspective that being t hat the white man is at fault To a degree Malcolm is right but it was not until later that he actually understands the acceptance of people based
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