The Autobiography of Malcolm X

by Malcolm X, Alex Haley

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X is a book that was "told to'' Alex Haley and published after Malcolm X's death in 1965. After finishing the book, conduct independent research on Malcolm X and his life, not using his autobiography. Do you find any important incidents that are missing from the book or things that others remember in a different way? Create a chart that shows your findings.

Investigate what was taking place in the United States and around the world from the late 1920s until the mid-1960s. Create a timeline that shows some important events for each decade and place them alongside important events from the autobiography.

Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad, and Martin Luther King, Jr., were important African-American leaders during the 1950s and 1960s. Who are the important black leaders today? List three, and tell why you chose them.

Learn about the history of Islam and different forms of the religion practiced at different times and in different areas of the world. Make a chart showing the major forms of Islam, their important differences, and where they are practiced.

What do you think the rest of Malcolm X's life would have been like if he had not been murdered? Use what you know about him, and about the plans he had when he died, to write a one-page summary of what he might have done if he had lived to be an old man. Also, tell what the impact of his activities might have been.

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