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4 Sep 2013

What books can do to improve us - Part 6


One man who used his time in prison effectively is Malcolm X. Malcolm was born in America in 1925. This is a time in America’s history when black people didn’t have many rights. 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 was admitted to hospital. Malcolm and his six siblings were split up and forced into a series of foster homes.

Through it all Malcolm persevered and did well at school. He aspired to study law, but dropped out after a teacher said that, that was, “no realistic goal for a black person.” It made him feel that there was no place in the white world for a career orientated black man, so at age 18 he became involved in drug dealing, gambling, robbery, pimping and other crimes. In 1946, at age 20, police arrested and sentenced to him eight years in jail for robbery.

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.

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.”

What books can do to improve us as people - Part 1
What books can do to improve us as people - Part 2
What books can do to improve us as people - Part 3
What books can do to improve us as people - Part 4
What books can do to improve us as people - Part 5
What books can do to improve us as people - Part 7
What books can do to improve us as people - Part 8
What books can do to improve us as people - Part 9

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