Malcolm X and the Radicalization of the Black Student Movement 1960–1973
Synthesis and Conclusions: Examining Ideological and Historical Threads
Explicating a Malcolm X philosophy of education as it relates to the Black Student Movement is an intricate process. Part of the challenge lies in understanding and tracing Malcolm’s pedagogical influence, which was and continues to be expressed by scores of individuals within and outside of the movement. Those individuals who benefited from having personal contact with Malcolm have revealed segments of his educational philosophy through their work. Younger freedom fighters who came to know Malcolm through his recorded speeches and his autobiography are also stewards of his didactics. Malcolm has so many acolytes working in so many diverse and sometimes divergent fields that his pedagogic strain is now a generational web—for good and ill.
This web, with its many spires and tangles is, perhaps, best represented by the factionalism of organizations that sought and seek to advance divergent interpretations of a “Malcolm X brand” of Black Nationalism. William L. Van Deburg reflected on this phenomenon: ← 269 | 270 →
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