Malcolm X (1992 PG-13)
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3h 22min
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Filmmaker Spike Lee, star Denzel Washington and other talents vividly portray the life and times of the visionary leader.
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Teaching Idea #1

Malcolm X was assassinated almost 2 years after Medgar Evers and 3 years before Martin Luther King, Jr. How did Malcolm X's civil rights activism compare to theirs? Compare and contrast the ways in which each man used religion to gather a following and to speak their message; as well as the different means they used to attain racial justice.

Teaching Idea #2

Malcolm X was portrayed very negatively during his lifetime by mainstream/white press organizations. How did his legacy change following the release of "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" in 1965, the same year he was killed? How did the assassinations of both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. and the passage of time change society's perspectives on their work?

Teaching Idea #3

How common is the experience of converting to Islam while in prison? How was Malcolm X's life different after his conversion to Islam? What are the five pillars of Islam and how are they depicted in this movie? This film depicts the Hajj to Mecca. What is the importance of this event in a Muslim's life and how did it change Malcolm X's perspective on people?

Teaching Idea #4

Malcolm X is unabashedly a person who spoke truth to power. If Malcolm X were alive today, what truths do you think he would he be stating in response to Black Lives Matter and the Defund the Police effort?