“It has always been my belief that I, too, will die by violence. I have done all that I can to be prepared” (3).
Malcolm X speaks these words after telling of his father’s brutal death at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan, a white supremacist hate group formed after the American Civil War in 1865. He describes his father, the Baptist minister Reverend Earl Little, as a six-foot-four, very black man with only one eye. He believed that Black people could never achieve freedom in America and should return to the African homeland. Four of his five brothers lost their lives to violence. Reverend Little would join them, as would his son Malcolm.
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