Reading Response to Malcolm X-Amy

Part B: A quotation that I feel is significant, meaningful, and important is, “I have often reflected upon the new vistas that reading opened to me. I knew right there, in prison, that reading had changed forever the course of my life. As I see it today, the ability to read awoke inside me some long-dormant craving to be mentally alive. I certainly wasn’t seeking any degree, the way a college confers a status symbol upon its students. My homemade education gave me, with every additional book that I read, a little bit more sensitivity to the deafness, dumbness, and blindness that was afflicting the black race in America. Not long ago, an English writer telephoned me from London asking questions. One was, “What’s your alma mater?” I told him, “Books.” You will never catch me with a free fifteen minutes in which I’m not studying something I feel might be able to help the black man.” This quotation in my own words is about Malcolm’s love to read and learn and how reading had changed his life forever. Since he was able to read in prison, his thoughts have come alive and he is able to make decisions without people telling him.

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