Karl Armstrong Book Review, Manning Marable, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (Viking, 2011). Malcolm X’s life story starts with his family upbringing. Malcolm X’s father, Earl Little, Sr.: There were a lot of blacks lynched by racists and violent white people at that time. He was in Georgia between 1882 and 1927. This was way before Malcolm was born, but it still impacted his life as a young boy growing up and as a man before he went to prison.
He was sent to prison for a crime that would not have sent a white person to prison. But there was one thing that came out good about the time that he spent in prison. He changed his life and became the man that we know today.
His fight was for blacks to stand up for themselves, not to be violent, but to put your foot down and to say that we had enough of the mistreatment of our people. We are not animals, we are humans just like you. He wanted the same rights that the whites had. He wanted blacks to own their own land, have their own stores, and their own schools. There was no justice for blacks at that time.