A Time for Martyrs by David Aretha
The Life of Malcolm X (Civil Rights Leaders (Morgan Reynolds))

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How should black Americans battle racial injustice? "By any means necessary," Malcolm X declared. In the early 1960s, Malcolm X was arguably the most controversial man in America. While other civil rights leaders were careful not to alienate the white establishment, Malcolm spoke without restraint. For centuries, he exclaimed, "the white man has had his foot-long knife in the black man's back." For Malcolm, the modest gains of the civil rights movement were not enough. "An integrated cup of coffee," he said, "isn't sufficient pay for four hundred years of slave labor." Tall and charismatic, Malcolm inspired millions of black Americans with his powerful speeches and, after his death in 1965, his highly acclaimed autobiography. Even a young Barack Obama was enamored by the "blunt poetry of his word, his unadorned insistence on respect." As a child, Malcolm endured racial horrors that destroyed his family. He fell into a life of crime and drugs, was transformed by the Nation of Islam, and later came to the realization--before he was murdered--that good lay in the world's people regardless of their race. This book recounts details of the details of a remarkable man's extraordinary life.

About David Aretha

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Aretha edits history books, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Published July 1, 2013 by Morgan Reynolds Pub. 144 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books.

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Gr 6–9—This biography introduces the charismatic leader who preached hatred early in his career but later became "a martyr for the cause of brotherhood." Chapter one begins with Malcolm asking black Americans "Who taught you to hate yourself?" and urging them to fight white racists "by any means ...

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