The Autobiography of Malcolm X Book Summary (PDF) by Alex Haley, Malcolm X

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Why This Book Matters:

The Autobiography of Malcolm X recalls the story of how one man redeemed his past actions through humanitarianism.

The Big Takeaways:

  1. Malcolm’s parents both died when he was young.
    1. If Malcolm was put into foster care and separated from his siblings as a result.
  2. Malcolm struggled in school because of racism, but Boston proved to be different.
    1. Malcolm struggled to get along with his white peers, but when he visited his half-sister, Ella, he finally saw black people accepting themselves.
  3. Malcolm lost his job and eventually turned to crime in Harlem in the 1940s.
    1. He eventually realized he that was not the right path for him.
  4. He wound up in prison and had an epiphany about life.
    1. In prison, Malcolm began reading books and found a pathway to Islam.
  5. On his visit to Mecca, he learned of the Muslim brotherhood.
    1. He tried to rally African countries to make as much effort in supporting African-Americans as black South Africans.

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