Always Running


Luis J. Rodriguez

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Malcolm X Character Analysis

An influential political activist whose writing inspires Luis Rodriguez during his own political awakening as a teenager in the 1960s. Malcolm X’s political beliefs are still hotly debated fifty years after his death. X was a Black Nationalist who believed that African Americans should celebrate their own culture and values instead of pursuing integration with white America. X was also notable for advocating violence as a form of self-defense against what he saw as the genocidal policies of the establishment of the United States.
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Malcolm X Character Timeline in Always Running

The timeline below shows where the character Malcolm X appears in Always Running. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6
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...he reads some good books, including the poetry of Amiri Baraka and the memoirs of Malcolm X and Eldridge Cleaver. He’s inspired by these authors, who’ve emerged “out of the flames which... (full context)