“I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color.”
One of the most infamous yet popular activists of the 20th century was Malcolm X. Born in Nebraska in 1925, Malcolm Little spent most of his formative years in foster homes after the early loss of his father and his mother hospitalized in a mental institution. As a teenager with no education or skill to earn a living, he became a street “hustler” which led to him being charged with larceny and incarcerated for a number of years. It was during his incarceration that he was introduced to Islam by his older sister during her frequent visits.
Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. Malcolm learned to read in prison and did so by painstakingly copying every word from a dictionary to which he had access. After converting to Islam, Malcolm changed his last name from Little to X. This was done in honor of his ancestors who lost their identity during slavery. He eventually changed his last name to “Shabazz,” the name he gave to his wife and offsprings.
Notwithstanding that Malcolm went to prison and was assassinated at the early age of forty years old, he was already world famous. In his words: “I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against.” Do you believe education can impact the future? Purchase and wear a Malcolm X T-shirt to let others know that you stand for ‘truth and justice’ regardless of who is impacted.
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