1960's Diary Entry
April 21st, 2013
1960's Diary Entry
Diary Entry #1
Today we have lost a legacy. Malcolm X was one of the greatest and most influential African Americans the world has ever known. He did so much to make us feel connected with our African American heritage. He would say the things we were thinking but were too afraid to say ourselves. He taught us to stand up for ourselves and our rights as black men. Who knew that a troubled young boy would become a powerful and educated leader?
As a young trouble maker doing prison time, it was during his ten years in prison that he educated himself as well as introducing himself to the ...view middle of the document...
I remember it clearly, a man in the front row shot Malcolm X with a sawed-off double barrel shot gun in the chest. Two other men followed with handguns also hitting him numerous times. We grabbed one of the shooters and beat him until the police came. Our friend died fighting for what he believed in. He was an amazing man, friend and a powerful leader. I know he was working on an autobiography with a journalist named Alex Haley, and I look forward to reading it. This world will never be the same without him.
1. History in an hour. (2011). Retrieved from http://www.historyinanhour.com/2011/02/21/malcolm-x-a-brief-summary/
2. Chronology of the Life and Activities of Malcolm X. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.brothermalcolm.net/mxtimeline.html
Diary Entry #2
Finally the war is over. The death, attacks, and injuries to the US soldiers and the Northern and Southern Vietnamese and other countries have come to an end. As I look back at this war I am relieved that the death toll is at a standstill. Over three million deaths later and South and North Vietnam are now a single country. Our country has been involved in this war since the late 1950’s. Vietnam was originally a French colony and after Japan conquered some of Asia and defeated the French they began occupying Vietnam. France tried to regain their control over Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh asked us (the US) to help him ward off France.
Our president Eisenhower disagreed and told Ho that France had a right to Vietnam. Ho then asks China to help him and they agree. The French are then kicked out of Vietnam and it was turned into a communist country then split into North and South and the worst was about to come. In 1960 The US sent troops in to help South Vietnam. I really thought things would get better after Kennedy was...