Malcolm X 19 May 1925 - 21 February 1965


Little Malcolm X

Malcolm Little also known as El-Haji Malix El- Shabazz by his family was born in Omaha Nebraska to Earl and Louise Little. Malcolm was raised in a background of ethinic awareness and dignity.

In December 1938 Malcolm X mother had a nervous breakdown and was declared legally insane. Malcolm X then drops out of school after the 8th grade. The little siblings were spilt up and sent to different foster homes.

Malcolm X in 8th grade
In 1943 Malcolm X is ordered to register for the military. He later recalled he tried to avoid the draft by telling the examing officer that he could not wait to "steal us some guns, and kill us some crackers" he then was classified as "mentally disqualified for military" and did not have to be drafted.
In the late 1945, Malcolm X known as liittle returns to Boston. On January 12th, 1946 Malcolm X is arrested for burglary.
Malcolm Little changes surname to "X"

In 1952, after his release from prison, Little visited Elijah Muhammad in Chicago Illinois. He then changed his surname to "X". The Muslims "X" symbolizes the true African family name that he could never know. For Malcolm the "X" replaced the white slavemaster name "Little"

Betty Sanders
On January 14, 1958 Malcolm X marries Betty Sanders In Lansing Michigan, the couple had 6 kids together all who carried the surname Shabazz.
March 8, 1968 Malcolm X announces his break from the Nation of Islam.
After leaving the Nation of Islam on, March 26, 1964 Malcolm X meets with Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington D.C after a press conference about the Civil Rights Bill. This was the only time the two ever met.
On April 13th, 1964 to February 15, 1965 Malcolm X departed JFK airport in New York for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The trip was to prove life altering. For the first time he shared his thoughts and beliefs with different cultures. He was really shocked when he found their response to be overwhelming positive.
In June 1964 the Nation of Islam sued to reclaim Malcolm's X house in New York, which they claimed to own. The suit was successful and Malcolm X was ordered to vacate. The night before the hearing the house burned to the ground.

On February 21, 1965 Malcolm X was assassinated in Manhattan's Audubon Ballroom. He began to speak to a meeting of the Organizations of Afro-American Unity when a fight broke out in the crowd of 400. A man then rushes towards Malcolm X and shot him in the chest with a sawed-off shotgun. Two other men charged the stage and fired handguns hitting him 16 times. Malcolm X was pronounced dead shortly after he arrived to Columbia Prebyterian Hospital.

The funeral of Malcolm X was held on February 27, 1965 at Faith Temple, Church God In Christ, In Harlem. The Church was filled to capacity with more than 1,000 people.

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