The UNIA stands for the Universal Negro Improvement Association. The KKK was threatening Malcolm’s family so they relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Shortly after that move, they moved yet again to Lansing, Michigan. The Black Legion was a white racist group who was believed to have burned down the Littles’ family home in 1929. When Malcolm X was six, Earl Little had died in a streetcar accident or that’s what the police ruled it as.
His avid belief in separatism and participation in civil rights activism brought the family in a critical position in which they had to relocate twice before Malcolm’s fourth birthday. The family’s relocation did not bring much benefit. The white supremacist organization also known as Black Legion burnt the Little’s home to the ground located in Lansing, Michigan in 1929 . Nearly two years later, members of the Black Legion were responsible for the death of Earl Little and his lying body on the trolley tracks. These unfortunate events developed a very angry young man.
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.
All eight of her children were split up and sent to various foster homes and orphanages. Years after being separated from his brothers and sisters, Malcolm Little and his best friend, Malcolm “Shorty” Jarvis, moved to Boston, Massasschecets. In 1946, they were arrested and convicted on burglary charges, and Malcolm was sentenced to 10 y... ... middle of paper ... ...man 3X Butler and Thomas 15X Johnson. After Malcolm X's death, commentators largely ignored his fresh spiritual and political transformation and criticized him as a violent troublemaker. Malcolm Little, Malcolm X, or El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (whatever you want to call him) is buried at the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York.
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.
Two years later, Earl Little was found dead on the truly tracks in town after a streetcar ran over him. Dispite the police report that Earl's death was an accident, Malcolm strongly believed that his father was killed by the Black Legion who placed his father's body on the tracks to make it look like an accident. Following Earl's death, Malcolm's mother, Louise Little, tried to support her eight children on her own. Malcolm started stealing food and candy from neighborhood stores to support his brothers and sisters. After being caught a few too many times, a local court ruled that Louise was unable to control Malcolm and had him removed from her care and placed in a friendly white couple's home who knew Louise.
Malcolm X was a bright student but was very bitter towards white authority figures. X quit school after a teacher said that his desire to become a lawyer was not a “realistic goal for a nigger.” In 1941, he went to live with his half sister, Ella Collins, in Boston, Massachusetts. While in Boston he worked a variety of railroad jobs but he also became increasingly involved in selling drugs and running numbers. Malcolm X was arrested in 1946 for larceny as well as breaking and entering; he was sent to prison in February 1946. While incarcerated, Malcolm X became a follower of Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Temple of Islam.
Prior to Till's death; the family knew none of the details of Louis' hanging. They only knew that Louis had been killed due to "willful misco... ... middle of paper ... ...f the law." That was a brave suggestion for any Mississippi newspaper editor to make at the time as he was defending a Black, teenage boy. Too Soon To Go After Till's horribly disfigured body was found, he was placed in a pine box and nearly buried, however, Mamie wanted the body to be returned to Chicago. The Chicago funeral home had agreed to have a closed casket, but Mamie fought them on that decision threatening to open it herself, insisting she had a right to see her son.
If there is a case that proves a person's childhood is reflected in their later actions this could certainly be one. He was never taught that life had any value and perhaps this led him into a life of crime. (killer index) Henry Lee Lucas was born on August 23, 1936, in Blacksburg Virginia. Lucas's mother was an abusive prostitute who forced both her disabled husband and son Henry to watch her performance of sexual acts on strangers. Henry's father was missing both his legs from a accident; he sold pencils on a street corner to earn an income for their family and to feed his alcoholism.
Two years later Malcolm’s father was murdered, tied to the tracks and ran over by a steam train. That same year his mother was placed in a mental hospital and Malcolm was situated throughout detention homes the following years. In his early years he moved to Boston to live with his sister Ella. Malcolm found good and bad around the outsized Boston area, and became involved in the dealing of cocaine, hustling, and gambling profoundly. The name Malcolm no longer existed to him, he was known as “Detroit Red” for his slicked back, greasy hair.