Autobiography of Malcolm X as Told by Alex Haley
Malcolm X was born as Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. Throughout his adult life, he was an outspoken minister and spokesman of the Nation of Islam and an advocate for giving equal rights to African Americans, a mission that led to his assassination on February 21, 1965. Having experienced violence and discrimination, he turned into a hardened young man engaged in illegal trade and even armed robberies before getting converted into a follower of the Nation of Islam. The “Autobiography of Malcolm X” traces the life story of the famous Black American Muslim leader from Alex Haley’s point of view. It took Haley a long period of time to completely gain the trust of Malcolm X, who was always cautious with all reporters. The autobiography is divided into nineteen chapters and an epilogue. The epilogue focuses on the last two years of Malcolm X’s life and how it was filled with tension and violence as death threats poured into his door, which ultimately ended in death for the notorious equal rights’ leader.