"The day that the black man takes an uncompromising step and realizes that he's within his rights, when his own freedom is being jeopardized, to use any means necessary to bring about his freedom or put a halt to that injustice, I don't think he'll be by himself." This quote was said by Malcolm X, one of the greatest leaders of all time. While his actions seemed out of context, controversial and unreasonable (as they were), Malcolm X was a great leader. He led the Civil Right movement into another path, while dealing with his own consequence. The wrong in the world was much worse in that time than it is now.
Malcolm X was born May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska to Earl Little and Daisy Norton. The family moved from Nebraska to Lansing He was the third of eight children to his mom, and the fifth of eleven to his father. Malcolm’s mom, Daisy Norton taught him and his sibling's history from a young age. When Malcolm was 6, his father was lynched. This left a big effect on the Little family and Malcolm as a whole. Before Earl Little's death, the Little's were a happy middle class family. However, after Earl’s death, the family went into extreme debt and poverty. Malcolm would often steal things from the local market or his nearby neighbors. Due to the increasing difficulty Daisy had in keeping and securing the home for her children, they were split up.
Malcolm was sent to several group homes. However none worked out. He had been saving up to go live with his half sister Ella in Boston. He took the trip and his siblings wished him well for the 20 hour trip. When he arrived in Boston, Ella picked him up. She said that he should look around her neighborhood. When Malcolm did this, he had no idea that this would lead to his downfall.
The years he spent in Boston caused more harm than good because in 1946, Malcolm Little was arrested for breaking and entering. During this time, Malcolm became a member of the Nation Of Islam. He changed his surname to X, symbolizing his surnanme before "satan" came to america. In 195, after his parole, he fina