1 The autobiography of Malcolm X, as told to Alex Haley - Malcolm X, Alex Haley - 1973.pdf


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  • The pistol they were looking for-which they never found, and for which they wouldn't issue a permit-was sewed up inside a pillow. My father's .22 rifle and his shotgun, though, were right out in the open; everyone had them for hunting birds and rabbits and other game.

  • This time, the get-out-of-town threats came from a local hate society called The Black Legion.

  • Marcus Garvey, that freedom, independence and self-respect could never be achieved by the Negro in America, and that therefore the Negro should leave America to the white man and return to his African land of origin

  • my father had decided to risk and dedicate hi& life to help dissemi- nate this philosophy among his people

  • he had seen four of his six brothers die by violence, three of them killed by white men, including one by lynching.

  • of the remaining thret, including himself, only one, my Uncle Jim, would die in bed, of natural causes.

  • North- ern white police were later to shoot my Uncle Oscar. And my father was finally himself to die by the white man's hands.

  • It has always been my belief that I, too, will die by violence.

  • I have done all that I can to be prepared

  • my oldest full brother, Wilfred, was born

  • They moved from Philadelphia to Omaha, where Hilda and then Phil- bert were born

  • I was next in line. My mother was twenty-eight when I was born on May 19, 1925, in an Omaha hospital.

  • Then we moved to Milwaukee, where Reginald was born. From infancy, he had some kind of hernia condition which was to handicap him phys- ically for the rest of his life

  • Louise Little, my mother

  • My father, the Reverend Earl Little, was a Baptist minister

  • a dedicated organizer for Marcus Aurelius Garvey's U.N.l.A. (Universal Negro Improvement Association).

  • who was born in Grenada

  • in the British West Indies, looked like a white woman.

  • It was, of course, because of him that I got my reddish-brown ''mariny'' color of skin, and my hair of the same color.

  • I was the lightest child in our family.

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