In what ways did Malcolm X influence American society?  

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Malcolm X was a major influence on American society in the early 1960s when he became a prominent leader in the Nation of Islam, which combined Islam with black nationalism. His life was an example of how a strong voice and charisma were able to affect many lives during the...

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Malcolm X was a major influence on American society in the early 1960s when he became a prominent leader in the Nation of Islam, which combined Islam with black nationalism. His life was an example of how a strong voice and charisma were able to affect many lives during the civil rights movement.

When Malcolm X first became a popular leader, his words were designed to empower young blacks in the United States. He didn't encourage blacks to be aggressors, but he did encourage them to stand up to "white devils" by any means necessary. His words and teachings evoked a significant response and he was viewed as a prominent leader in the civil rights movement.

After traveling to Mecca in 1964 and learning that orthodox Muslims believed that all races should be equal, Malcolm X changed his name to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. He softened his rhetoric against whites, but continued his efforts to help blacks to lift themselves up out of their current circumstances.

Even after his murder, his words and teachings continued to resonate and became a major part of the black power movement.

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