The reading, “Knowing Your Academic Base” is the story of Malcolm X and how he persevered throughout his time in prison, to better himself.  Over the duration of his time spent in prison, Malcolm X in the beginning felt inferior becuase of his lower intelligence level.  He found a passion for reading, and bettering his vocabulary.  He showed his dedication to becoming more advanced with his vocabulary along with his penmanship.  In this article, it noted that he spent fifteen hours a day reading or writing.  This obviously became his, “Turtle.”  To be able to make the best of being in prison, and get a self-taught education is truly remarkable. 

  The one thing I was upset with in this article was the sign that read “Chinese and dogs aren’t allowed.”  I found this sickening to know that people classified that together.