"The Autobiography of Malcolm X" Should Be Taught in Every High School

"The Autobiography of Malcolm X" needs to be taught in high schools nationwide. Why? Read the book.

The purpose of this group is to dispel the image that Malcolm X was an advocate of violence and racism against whites. Throughout his life he went through different stages: his criminal years, his life with the Nation of Islam, and the final years before his death - when he was willing to work with whites and other black leaders for the advancement of black people everywhere.

It was in this final stage of his life that Malcolm X was met with assassins bullets instead of support from his community.

We want to accomplish two things:

1) Get people to read "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" as told to Alex Haley
2) Get this book taught in high schools around the country.

Everybody needs to first read this book and then send a letter, email, fax, or make a phone call to their respective high schools proposing that the book be instituted into the curriculum. Most schools do their retooling in the summertime, so we will most likely not get any results until next school year. However, proposing the book right now will give us ample time to battle any criticism received.

"Without education, you're not going anywhere in this world."
--Malcolm X

"It is a time for martyrs now, and if I am to be one, it will be for the cause of brotherhood. That's the only thing that can save this country."
-- February 19, 1965 (2 days before he was murdered)

"They will say that he is of hate - a fanatic, a racist - who can only bring evil to the cause for which you struggle! And we will answer and say to them : Did you ever talk to Brother Malcolm? Did you ever touch him, or have him smile at you? Did you ever really listen to him? Did he ever do a mean thing? Was he ever himself associated with violence or any public disturbance? For if you did you would know him. And if you knew him you would know why we must honor him."
--from the eulogy of Malcolm X by Ossie Davis