Ballot or Bullet

Today, we’re reading Malcolm X ‘s speech, “The Ballot or the Bullet” (audio file below). Once you’ve read this speech, respond to one of the questions below with a one- to two-minute video response:

  • Malcolm X was born in Nebraska, but he does not see himself as an American. What do you think has happened to him that makes him feel this way?
  • Malcolm X says, that “1964 threatens to be the most explosive year America has ever witnessed.” Do you think there are people living in America today who feel like Malcolm X did? If so, who?
  • What does Malcolm X mean by the “ballot or the bullet”? 
  • What was the purpose of this speech? How do you know?

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