The Autobiography of Malcolm X - Chapter 4 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 4 Summary

As Malcolm became more ingrained in city life, he also became adept at "Lindy Hopping," a favorite dance style of the time. While working at a soda fountain after leaving the shoeshine job, Malcolm met Laura, a quiet, studious girl. As they got to know each other better, Malcolm learned that Laura loved to Lindy Hop. They made a date to go out dancing. In order to make the date, Laura lied to her grandmother whom she was living with, an act that made her uncomfortable.

While out with Laura, Malcolm was approached by a beautiful blond white woman, Sophia. Malcolm quickly took Laura home and returned to the club to spend time with Sophia. As he continued dating Sophia, Malcolm spoke of the pride and status he gained among his black male friends by being associated with a good-looking white woman.

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