Help your class deepen their understanding and knowledge of black history through the life of Malcolm X, African American leader, and human rights activist, with the following "American Icons" lesson plan. Students will learn about the notable achievements and difficult challenges experienced by Malcolm X, from his upbringing in Omaha, Nebraska, to his incarceration in 1946, to his differing approach to fighting racism. After watching a biographical video, students will analyze a photograph taken during the only face-to-face encounter Malcolm X ever had with Martin Luther King Jr. and will read and answer questions about a letter written during his momentous pilgrimage to Mecca. To conclude the lesson, students will choose a quotation to analyze as a way to demonstrate their understanding of the content.
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