Little X: Growing Up In The Nation Of Islam

  • Title: Little X: Growing Up In The Nation Of Islam
  • Author: Sonsyrea Tate
  • ISBN: 9781572333642
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback
  • Little X Growing Up In The Nation Of Islam In Little X Sonsyrea Tate reveals through the acute vision and engaging voice of a curious child the practices and policies of the mysterious organization most know only through media portrayals of
    In Little X, Sonsyrea Tate reveals, through the acute vision and engaging voice of a curious child, the practices and policies of the mysterious organization most know only through media portrayals of its controversial leaders Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, and Louis Farrakhan First published in 1997, Little X chronicles the multigenerational experience of Tate s family, whoIn Little X, Sonsyrea Tate reveals, through the acute vision and engaging voice of a curious child, the practices and policies of the mysterious organization most know only through media portrayals of its controversial leaders Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, and Louis Farrakhan First published in 1997, Little X chronicles the multigenerational experience of Tate s family, who broke from the traditional black church in the 1950s to join the radical Nation of Islam, then struggled to remain intact through disillusionment, shifting loyalties, and forays into Orthodox Islam.Little X is also an absorbing story of a little girl whose strict Muslim education filled her with pride, confidence, and a longing for freedom, of a teenager in an ankle length dress and headwrap struggling to fit in with non Muslim peers, and of a young woman whose growing disillusionment with the Nation finally led to her break with the Muslim religion Little X offers a rare glimpse into the everyday experience of the Nation of Islam, and into a little understood part of America s history and heritage.Sonsyrea Tate Montgomery has been a staff writer for the Virginian Pilot, Chicago Tribune, and the Washington Post The recipient of four coveted Echoes of Excellence awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, Tate has also worked as assistant to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton She currently works as a political reporter for The Gazette, a Post Newsweek publication.

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    1. Had to read it for a class, but overall it was a pretty interesting look at the Nation of Islam.

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    2. Narrative was a little unfocused. There were a few moments when I got to the end of an anecdote and wondered why she had shared it because the pay-off I was expecting didn’t materialize. There were several details that reminded me of other cults that I had read about. Restrictions on the color of clothing, unrestrained procreation, working harder in order to turn more of your money over to the administration, see Jeffs, Warren (to name just one.) Then there was the slow realization that the ad [...]

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    3. In terms of story and prose, it's rambling, sometimes repetitive, and occasionally confusing with a huge cast of characters hard to keep straight and a long timeline that even though it's linear seems to not tell a linear story. Yet, despite its flaws, this is still an interesting look into a unique subculture of America at a time it transitioned from its founding separatist principles to a more inclusive interfaith one. There's enough of the mechanics of life under the Nation to get a sense of [...]

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    4. An excellent peek into the world of a girl who grew up in the Nation of Islam. Besides questioning the organization's quirky and often hypocritical "rules", the book also documents the social and familial conflicts faced by low-income African Americans during the 1960s and '70s.

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    5. AMAZING BOOK!!

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    6. Not the most beautiful prose I've ever read, but I learned a lot from this book about one woman's experiences with the Nation of Islam.

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    7. A good companion read to the Autobiography of Malcolm X for an illuminating look at the Nation of Islam in the 1960s-70s.

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