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May 19, 2008

Malcolm X born in Omaha, Nebraska: Happy Birthday


Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. His mother, Louis Norton Little, was a homemaker occupied with the family's eight children. His father, Earl Little, was an outspoken Baptist minister and avid supporter of Black Nationalist leader Marcus Garvey. Earl's civil rights activism prompted death threats from the white supremacist organization Black Legion, forcing the family to relocate twice before Malcolm's fourth birthday. Regardless of the Little's efforts to elude the Legion, in 1929 their Lansing, Michigan home was burned to the ground, and two years later Earl's mutilated body was found lying across the town's trolley tracks. Police ruled both accidents, but the Little's were certain that members of the Black Legion were responsible. Louise had an emotional breakdown several years after the death of her husband and was committed to a mental institution. Her children were split up amongst various foster homes and orphanages. continue reading

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Malcolm

Kei's Revelation said...

If ever there was a man that turned a life of negative downs into postive ups, it was Malcolm X. He left a life of crime to take on an even stronger voice as an activist, helping African Americans find the freedom in society that they so deserved. Of course Malcolm acknowledged that some of his earlier premonitions may have been incorrect in feeling that all white people are evil, because they are not. He ultimately realized that we all have to find a common ground for unity and build upon that, not our differences. It is people like him and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Mahatma Ghandi that truly are beacons of hope from God. Thanks for sharing this.

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