Mind Map of The Autobiography of Malcolm X

The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Main Characters
SubtYoung Malcolm Little lost his family after they were terrorized by white supremacists in Depression-era Nebraska. Involved in crime as a young man, Malcolm found his truth in Islam and black nationalism while imprisoned in Massachusetts. Thus began his transformation into Malcolm X, the foremost black nationalist leader in 1960s America. opic
Malcolm Little
Young Malcolm's family suffered at the hands of racist hate groups, who burned their house down and likely urdered Malcolm's father in 1931.
At 15 Malcolm quit school, moved to Boston, and became Red, a shoe shiner and dancer on the lindy-hopping scene.
Detroit Red
In Harlem, Malcolm became Detroit Red, a drug dealer and head of a burglary ring.
Imprisoned for burglary in 1946, anti-religious Malcolm earned the nickname Satan, but after reading about the Nation of Islam and black nationalism, he converted.
Malcolm X
Released in 1952, he became the controversial Malcolm X—a high-ranking Nation of Islam minister and electrifying public speaker for black power and separatism.
El-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz
Malcolm split with the Nation of Islam in 1963 and embraced racial unity on a pilgrimage to Mecca, but he was assassinated in 1965.
Malcolm X
Narrator; devotes his life to black nationalism after leaving prison
Elijah Muhammad
Leader of the Nation of Islam
Earl Little
Outspoken, proud Baptist minister
Louise Little
Intuitive West Indian woman
Betty Shabazz
Devoted member of the Nation of Islam
Age of Malcolm X L and Martin Luther King Jr. when they were assassinated
Years Malcolm X served in prison for larceny
Years Elijah Muhammad claimed "the white devils" would reign
Year a movie based on Malcolm X's life and directed by Spike Lee was released
Racism & Prejudice
Systemic racism and individual prejudice oppresses minority racial groups.
Separatism & Unity
Malcolm X first believed in black separatism but later thought people of all races could unite.
Suspicion & Idealism
Having lost his idealism in adulthood, Malcolm X regained it on his pilgrimage to Mecca.
Conversion & Reinvention
From hustler to minister to civil rights leader, Malcolm X converted and reinvented himself multiple times.
MALCOLM X 1925-65
Malcolm X's experiences of racism and poverty led him to embrace the Nation of Islam and ideas of racial separation, setting him apart from his counterpart Martin Luther King Jr. He eventually moved closer to King's dream of racial unity in 1964 but died the next year, before his dream was realized.