• Abrasive Los Angeles shock-jocks “John & Ken” have been championing a libertarian anti-tax campaign misguidedly dubbed “Heads on Sticks,” the theme of which (unsurprisingly) is to visualize politicians’ heads on sticks as punishment for favoring tax increases. On the John & Ken Website are graphics showing basically everybody’s heads on sticks . But their favorite target is the Republican governor of California, Arnold Schwartzenegger, whom they rail against constantly; at a recent rally in southern California, John & Ken egged on their followers to tear off the head of a cardboard Schwartzenegger stand-up, while other people in the crowd carried around Arnold’s head on a stick. John & Ken also repeatedly insulted the Republican Party, and urge their followers to not donate to Republicans or vote for them.
Photos of Martin Luther King Jr. from Life Magazine
Classic Quotes Time Line
Have students work together to create a time line on the class bulletin board. Explain that they will choose classic quotes by Malcolm X that illustrate important moments in his life. Each student should copy one favorite quote from his or her handout onto an index card (one per card). Then have students share their quotes and place them on the time line bulletin board.
Malcolm X Multimedia Presentation
Challenge students to put The Autobiography of Malcolm X in historical context by creating a multimedia presentation. Their presentation should use images, sounds, and even videos to show race relations in America from the 1930s to the end of the 1960s. Encourage students to also include cultural details such as popular music, sports heroes, celebrities, and movie stars.
Muslim versus Nation of Islam
If possible, have students view the documentary that is discussed in the autobiography, The Hate That Hate Produced. Afterward, have students research the present-day status of the Nation of Islam. Then have them write and illustrate a pamphlet that explains the difference between the Nation of Islam and the orthodox Muslim belief system.