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Malcolm X [19 May 1925]

Malcolm X  born Malcolm Little

May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965

According to The Autobiography of Malcolm X his mother had been threatened by Ku Klux Klansmen while she was pregnant with him in December 1924. His mother recalled the Klansmen warned the family to leave Omaha, because Earl Little’s activities with UNIA were “stirring up trouble”. The family relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1926, and to Lansing, Michigan, shortly after. In 1931, Malcolm’s father was found dead, having been run over by a streetcar in Lansing. Authorities ruled his death a suicide. Malcolm said that the black community disputed the cause of death. His family had frequently found themselves the target of harassment by the Black Legion, a white supremacist group his father accused of burning down their home in 1929, and many blacks felt that the Black Legion had killed Earl Little. Malcolm doubted that his father could “bash himself in the head, then get down across the streetcar tracks to be run over.”

After Malcolm’s death, Martin Luther King, Jr., sent a telegram to Betty Shabazz, expressing his sadness over “the shocking and tragic assassination of your husband.”

“While we did not always see eye to eye on methods to solve the race problem, I always had a deep affection for Malcolm and felt that he had a great ability to put his finger on the existence and the root of the problem. He was an eloquent spokesman for his point of view and no one can honestly doubt that Malcolm had a great concern for the problems we face as a race.”

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