Malcolm X: “The Ballot or the Bullet”

(1964)

Glossary

  • Cassius Clay American boxer who later converted to Islam and adopted the name Muhammad Ali
  • filibustering a way of obstructing a bill in a legislature by indefinitely prolonging debate
  • Johnson President Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Kennedy President John F. Kennedy
  • NAACP the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a civil rights organization
  • Patrick Henry American Revolutionary, most famous for his statement “Give my Liberty, or give me Death!”
  • Uncle Tom a central character in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin; a character symbolic of black subservience to whites
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Malcolm X (Library of Congress)

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