Human Rights Movements Leaders Essay Example


It seems that people who have an impact and take on a responsibility to change their community always end up in some way assassinated. An example is Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr. people who were important but a threat to the people those who disagreed. On May 19, 1925 a leader was born, a leader who would not just affect the people of his time but our time too. Malcolm X, a father, grandfather, husband, life changer was assassinated on February 21, 1965. After being imprisoned for burglary to becoming a human rights activist is more than a person can do throughout their whole life.

“A man who stands for nothing will fall for nothing”, Malcolm X was an example of his preachings. One day in my english class we discussed the human rights movement, and Malcolm X was one of the greatest leaders of that movement. One thing he did that stuck with me and gave me a push to be involved in the activism in my community is when he said “What you say is a victory you can talk about but a victory you cannot show me”. When I heard him say this I thought to myself why be here, in this community, in this life I only plan on listening to the troubles and not be apart of the solution. 

Malcolm served as a spokesman for the human rights movement. I aspire to be as vocal and passionate as he was to change the city, state, and country. Not only do I support everything that he has had to say but I also believe in the human rights more than I do believe in the civil rights movement. The difference between the two in that human rights wants to change America as a whole whereas civil rights is keeping America the way it is but to just improve it. If our government is already set up in a system where police are just descendants of slave catchers and the congress is a job for ruining the lives of others to make sure theirs is at it best. 

“America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that arises from its society the race problem” Malcolm X. As a young muslim I was raised to not have the idea of race be the reason why I should see a person differently from another. Through Malcolms time incarcerated he found islam, which led him to join “The Nation of Islam”. Yet he left due to his belief that he had completed his time there. If there was one thing I could disagree on what he did wasa believing that Elijah Muhammad was a messenger. But it is easy to understand that he would believe that being a new convert. 

Malcolm before X was Malcolm Little. He grew up with a mother with 8 children. Growing up not as privileged led him to stealing, and that isn't an excuse but if you hang around the wrong group you turn into them. If a person can move on from a life like that can turn out to become into a man like Malcolm, then its possible for any one else to change.

I've always heard stories about Malcolm as a child. My mother would tell us that there still time for us to change from a mistake, because if he was capable of it then anyone else including me would be capable of it. Me admiring Malcolm is not something original, he is a well known person in my community and all around the world. But I do not just admire him for what he did during his life but also how he is still impactful after his life. I watched a documentary that he starred in, that's when i decided that I wanted to do something to help benefit my community. Due to his inspiration i have been more active in my community. I have spoken at an event for the Yemeni Alliance Committee and also for a local Shiekh named Sheikh Aladin. 

“If you have no critics you'll likely have no success”, this is a quote i will choose to live by. The same way Malcolm speaking the truth caused him his death is the same way I choose to live. Even though his main focus was to fight for the lives of African Americans, in today's society there is a huge cruelty towards the African Americans but also other issues float around our society. Closed mouths never get fed, and that applies to the world we live in. If you don’t speak up you are sure to be the next vicitm.

 

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