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19 Sep 2013

Making The Most Of Your Time In Prison - Part 2

Malcolm X shares many similarities with Nelson Mandela. He too, was born at a time and place when black people didn’t have many rights. He was born in America in 1925. As a result, he had a tough upbringing. In addition, he lost both his parents before his 14th birthday. First, Malcolm’s father was killed, allegedly by white supremacists. A few years later, his mother suffered a mental breakdown and authorities admitted her to hospital. Social Services split up Malcolm and his six siblings and placed them into a series of foster homes.

Through it all Malcolm persevered and did well at school. He kept a positive attitude and worked hard. It’s only as he started to near the end of his school career that things changed. One day, one of his teachers asked Malcolm what he wanted to be when he grew up. Malcolm replied and told his teacher that he aspired to study law. His teacher told him that, that was, “no realistic goal for a black person.” This crushed Malcolm’s spirit. He started to believe that there was no place in this world for a career oriented black man. A defeated Malcolm tossed away his dream, and dropped out. Instead, he turned to crime and at age 18, he became involved in drug dealing, gambling, pimping and other crimes. In 1946, at age 20, police arrested and sentenced to him eight years in jail for robbing a house.

In prison, Malcolm met John Bembry, a self-educated man who he would later describe as “the first man I had ever seen who commanded total respect…with words.” Under Bembry’s influence, Malcolm developed a voracious appetite for reading and with it a new perspective on life. He accessed and reevaluated his situation and started to dream once more.

Malcolm was paroled in 1952. Soon after his release, he quickly rose to power in various organizations that fought for the rights of human beings. It culminated in him starting the Organization of Afro-American unity.

When questioned by a religious leader about his time in prison he said, “Between my correspondence, my visitors, and my reading of books, months passed without my even thinking about being imprisoned. In fact, up to then, I had never been so truly free in my life.”

Making The Most Of Your Time In Prison - Part 1
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Making The Most Of Your Time In Prison - Part 4
Making The Most Of Your Time In Prison - Part 5

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