The Autobiography of Malcolm X - Chapter 16 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 16 Summary

The chapter opens in 1961, with Elijah Muhammad's failing health. He is relocated to Phoenix after doctors recommend a drier climate. At this, Malcolm is given more responsibilities within the organization. This led to further jealousy within the Nation. Allegations were made against him, including that he used the organization's money for his own purposes. His new responsibilities also kept him away from his family for weeks at a time, although Betty was a supportive wife and understood the importance of his work.

Despite the allegations against him, what were more troubling to Malcolm were the rumors that Elijah Muhammad had engaged in some immoral activities. The Nation followed a very strict moral code, and Malcolm believed in the necessity of a very strong spiritual leader after which the members, particularly the top personnel, followed.

Upon further investigation with Elijah's son, Wallace, Malcolm discovered that Muhammad had been...

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