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The Extent That Malcolm X Achieved His Goals In The Civil Rights Movement And The Legacy He Left Behind Outline Plan
Define and justify: This project will serve to highlight the role of Malcolm X in the struggle to fight for black civil rights in the civil rights movement in the USA, which was led by many groups at the time such as the NAACP, The Black Panthers and Martin Luther King. I chose to research Malcolm X’s involvement because he expressed the anger, struggle and insistence of black people for freedom. I also thought it would be an interesting topic to do because Malcolm’s advocacy of “black power” and the need for violence to gain civil rights is in direct contrast to Martin Luther King’s non-violent approach. Aims:

1. To develop research skills which I have not used previously such as the ability to analyse sources 2. To find out if Malcolm X was successful in gaining civil rights for black Americans 3.
Intended approach: I intend to use the internet as there is an online edition of Alex Haley and Malcolm X’s book ‘The autobiography of Malcolm X’ and I plan on using this as my main source as it includes fundamental information about the topic. I have also planned to watch the documentary ‘Malcolm X: Make It Plain’ by Orlando Bagwell so I could get much closer look at Malcolm’s background and further my knowledge on his movement . I intend to get a 3rd source from either the school library or local county library. I intend to make a short paragraphed timeline on the main events leading up to Malcolm’s assassination. Sources:

1. Alex Haley and Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Grove Press, 1965, online at:
2. TV documentary, Malcolm X: Make It Plain 1994, Orlando Bagwell, PBS 3. Book- William W. Sales Jr From Civil Rights To Black Liberation: Malcolm X and the organization of Afro-American Unity, South End Press, Boston Evaluation of Sources

Source1: The autobiography of Malcolm X
Relevance: This topic summarises Malcolm X’s background as he is growing up as a child, to later becoming imprisoned and becoming converted to Islam and joining the Nation of Islam where he began his movement for black civil rights in the civil rights movement. Strengths: This is a primary source as it was written in 1965 by Alex Haney and Malcolm X. The book is an autobiography so we know that the information about Malcolm’s aims and thoughts are material facts and I believe there is no bias present. The book also contains some of Malcolm’s most famous quotes, which is very satisfactory. Weaknesses: Although this was a good source that contained a lot of information, it is mostly written about Malcolm X’s background and it was challenging to find the information I was looking for as the titles of the chapters are numbered. Source2: Documentary: Malcolm X: Make It Plain

Relevance: The documentary concentrates on all aspects of Malcolm X’s life explaining him as he was growing up to a political speaker in the civil rights movement. It shows the steps he undertook to gain black civil rights and the director explains Malcolm’s actions clearly. Strengths: It shows his work as a political philosopher and visionary. It contains explicit rare photographs and videos of Malcolm X before and after his involvement in the civil rights movement. It also involves some of the eye-witnesses or participants such as Alex Haley who helped Malcolm write his autobiography and 2 members of the Nation of Islam, Sharon 10X and Benjamin 2X. Weaknesses: The documentary was time consuming as it was 2 hours long and it also doesn’t conclude how Malcolm X contributed to black people gaining there civil rights which was the subject of my study. Source3: Book- From Civil Rights to Black Liberation: Malcolm X And The Organization of Afro-American Unity Relevance: This book concentrates on Malcolm X’s political thinking to a more developed direction of Pan-African internationalism through his own...