Malcolm X: Make It Plain, Part I

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Malcolm X was a complicated man that few in white America understood. After sharing what they know or think they know about this civil rights leader, about nationalism and Black Nationalism, class members view a two-part documentary about Malcolm X, his life, his ideas, and his impact on the civil rights movement.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a timeline, have class members post comments Malcolm X made before and after his April, 1964 Haji to Mecca, and discuss how the statements represent a change in philosophy
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires purchase of the PBS documentary
  • The first of a two-part lesson on Malcolm X
  • Links to the listed websites do not work; however, many similar resources are available on the Internet

  • The five-page packet includes before and after-viewing discussion questions and activities
  • Class members are asked to consider why in studies of the civil rights movement most of the focus is on Martin Luther King Jr., and little on Malcolm X or other black nationalists

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