Malcolm X was born as Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska to Earl and Louise Little. Right off the start Malcolm was faced with harsh racism for his father was an active member of the local chapter of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and avid supporter of black nationalist leader Marcus Garvey. The cruel attention gained from white supremacists caused Malcolm’s family to have to move quite often. All the moving didn’t help though, and Earl Little was found dead on the city streetcar tracks in 1931. It was evident that his murder was on the hands of white supremacists, but the authorities ruled it as a suicide and prohibited the family from collecting death benefits.
It was then that Earl Little decided to move from Omaha to East Lansing Michigan (bio.com). In 1929, shortly after the move, a racist mob set the family’s house on fire and the town all-white emergency responders refused to... ... middle of paper ... ...Johnson (bio.com) were all convicted for life (Barr 87). Some of Malcolm X’s associates pledged revenge and firebombed a Nation of Islam mosque in New York and another in San Francisco (Barr 85). 22,000 people (Barr 85) came to pay their respects to Malcolm X at Unity Funeral Home (Barr 85). On the day of the funeral, at only 9:00, 6,000 people (Barr 86) had already arrived.
Hooded Klansmen burnt down his home in Lansing, Michigan, forcing his family to move into the country. When he was six, his father was attacked and brutally killed by a group called the white Black Legion. After this horrible innocent, their family was greatly scared. The insurance company, run by whites, refused to give his mother the policy money, leaving them poor and hungry. After a while, Malcolm's mom was sent to a mental institution and welfare agencies split him and his siblings up into different homes.
Two years after their home had been burned down, in 1931, things got much, much worse. Earl Little's dead body was discovered laid out on the municipal streetcar tracks. Although Malcolm X's father was very likely murdered by white supremacists, from whom he had received frequent death threats, the police officially ruled his death a suicide, thereby voiding the large life insurance policy he had purchased in order to provide for his family in the event of his death. Malcolm X's mother never recovered from the shock and grief of her husband's death. In 1937, she was committed to a mental institution and Malcolm X left home to live with family friends.
He was interviewed on major television programs and by magazines, and spoke across the country at various universit... ... middle of paper ... ...s funeral in Harlem at the Faith Temple Church of God in Christ on February 27, 1965. After the ceremony, friends took the shovels from the gravediggers and buried Malcolm themselves. Later that year, Betty gave birth to their twin daughters. Malcolm's assassins, Talmadge Hayer, Norman 3X Butler and Thomas 15X Johnson were convicted of first-degree murder in March 1966. The three men were all members of the Nation of Islam.
His childhood was plagued with problems that stemmed from his father Earl's outspoken views on civil rights and his strong support of black nationalist leader Marcus Garvey. Constant death threats by the White Supremacist group known as the Black Legion (also known as members of the Ku Klux Klan forced the family to relocate twice before Malcolm's fourth birthday, but their efforts to keep themselves safe came up short when their house in Lansing, Michigan was set ablaze in 1929. Shortly after losing their house Earl Malcolm was found laid out and mutilated across the trolle... ... middle of paper ... ...ronounced dead when he arrived at New York's Columbian Presbyterian Hospital. His attackers, all three members of the Nation of Islam, were convicted of first-degree murder in March of 1966. The standout views and beliefs are what made Malcolm X one of the most prominent and fascinating civil rights leaders of the 1950's and 1960's.
This caused several white racists to strike out against Malcolm’s father and his family violently. His family moved to Lansing, Michigan where Malcolm, his parents, brothers, and sisters were shot at, burned out of their home, harassed, and threatened. When Malcolm was 6 years old, his father was murdered by a white man. After his father’s death his mother had a nervous breakdown and the family got split up by welfare agencies. Malcolm was placed in a lot of different schools and boardinghouses.
Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska. Malcolm’s father was murdered by a white supremacists group while in Lancing, Michigan. His mother was declared legally insane and committed to the state mental hospital. Because of that Malcolm X had no parental guidance in his young adult life. Malcolm X also dropped out of school also after the murder of his father, and from then on Malcolm turned to the streets for guidance.
Earl’s active part in with the civil rights provoked death threats from the white organization Black Legion, forcing the Little family to relocate. At this time Malcolm experienced friction between his parents and the child abuse of his older siblings by his mother. Despite this hostility, the family lived well in a good part of Michigan. Then one night, after a fight Rev. Little went out to take a walk, Malcolm and family were awaken by the terrible news of their father’s death.
When King was 12 years old his grandmother passed away from a fatal heart attack. King then attended a parade without his parents’ permission and tried to commit suicide. In 1944 when king was only 15 years old he entered Morehouse College in Atlanta under a special program for students like King. King was shocked when he saw that they were not segregated, which made him gain more hatred for racial segregation. (“Martin Luther King” Britannica school.