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The Autobiography of Malcolm X is a very powerful and moving book which describes his early years and the AfricanAmerican struggle for freedom justice and equality Born in Omaha Nebraska Malcolm Little was the seventh of eleven children At age six Malcolms father was brutally murdered As a result his mother later suffered a nervous breakdown and Malcolm was sent to a detention home in Northern Michigan After leaving school in the eighth grade he lived with a relative in Boston Mass He shined shoes worked in a restaurant and on a railroad kitchen crew In 1942 he moved to a section in New York called Harlem where he lived as a hustler cheating people to make money for himself He also sold drugs and became a drug addict himself After fleeing Harlem for his life he ended up back in Boston where he started to rob houses with his friend Shorty and white girlfriend Sophia After being caught with possession of stolen goods Malcolm and Shorty were convicted of fourteen counts of robbery and sentenced to ten years in prison While in prison Malcolm broadened his horizons by teaching himself how to read and write better Malcolm was also converted to the Islamic faith and was enlightened by the teachings of Allah and Mr Elijah Muhammad Black Muslims in America start the Nation of Islam which fights for total separation from the White Devil In being a Muslim Malcolm went on a pilgrimage to the holy city Mecca where he realizes that separation is not the way to go but unity When he returns to the United States he separates himself from Mr Muhammad and the Nation of Islam and starts his own mosque called Muslim Mosque Incorporated In doing so he angers the Nation of Islam who I think later kill him in cold blood in front of his wife and children At the end of his life Malcolm was a
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