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What can I say about Malcolm X in a newspaper article where I am to announce his death?

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lazaa | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted June 3, 2013 at 8:49 AM via web

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What can I say about Malcolm X in a newspaper article where I am to announce his death?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:59 PM (Answer #1)

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I think that one part of your announcement would focus on the manner of death.  Part of Malcolm X's legacy is that his death was in a flurry of bullets from the guns of assassins.  From this point, I think that being able to trace the arc of his life might also be good to include in an article where Malcolm's death is being detailed.  His life as a petty criminal and his conversion to Islam in jail can be complemented with his rise in the ranks in the Nation of Islam and his emergence as a voice in the Civil Rights Movement.  Addressing his voice in the Civil Rights dialogue with leaders like Dr. King is also significant in talking about his life's work. 

Part of a newspaper article in announcing Malcolm X's death would have to include his break with the Nation of Islam.  It is significant because Malcolm X sought a new approach to that which was so closely identified with him.  Of his many quotes, I think that his understanding of how White Americans do in fact have a role in Civil Rights is significant:  “In the past I have made sweeping indictments of all white people. I will never be guilty of that again.”  This quote would be important to include in a newspaper article announcing Malcolm X's death because it is a testament to the complexity of the Civil Rights Movement, an intricacy with which  Malcolm X will always be associated.

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