Later known as Muhammad Ali, Cassius is a heavyweight boxer. A charismatic, good-looking, and sharp young man, he becomes a good friend of Malcolm’s, and he takes him in during his suspension from the Nation of Islam. This generosity touches Malcolm, but when Cassius eventually turns his back on him, the abandonment hurts all the more.
Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) Character Timeline in The Autobiography of Malcolm X
The timeline below shows where the character Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) appears in The Autobiography of Malcolm X. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 16: Out
...sudden estrangement from the Nation to suddenly being asked for a divorce. Malcolm goes around Cassius’s training camp, talking with people and with the press, but he’s mostly not paying attention.... (full context)
...wealthier black individuals who move to white neighborhoods and try to integrate into their communities. Cassius, on the other hand, loves to take evening walks through the black neighborhoods, a trait... (full context)
Chapter 17: Mecca
Chapter 18: El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz
Epilogue: Alex Haley
...he’s built up the Nation from 400 followers to 40,000. When Alex tells him about Cassius’s comments about wanting to stay away from Malcolm, Malcolm becomes visibly hurt and emotional. (full context)