"The future belongs to those who prepare for it today." - Malcom X
The Life of Malcom
Malcolm X, as known as Malcolm Little, was born on May 19, 1925, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S and later died on February 21, 1965, New York. He was an African-American leader and prominent figure in the Nation of Islam who articulated concepts of race pride and Black nationalism in the early 1960s. After his assassination, the widespread distribution of his life story "The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965) made him an ideological hero, especially among Black youth.
Malcolm X was born in 1925 as Malcolm Little. His father was killed while Malcolm was still very young, possibly by white supremacists. His mother was institutionalized for mental health issues, and the children of the family were dispersed among foster homes or the homes of relatives. As an excellent student, Malcolm dropped out of school in the eighth grade because of the racial discrimination he faced from teachers. He was incarcerated in 1946 on charges of burglary.
He pressed the Nation of Islam to involve itself more in the civil rights movement during his final years in the organization. He also renounced his previously held separatist views after converting to orthodox Islam, and he expressed a desire near the end of his life to work more closely with the civil rights movement. Fast forward to February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, New York, by members of the Nation of Islam which was the religious group to which he had once belonged. His martyrdom, ideas, and speeches contributed to the development of Black nationalist ideology and the Black Power movement and helped to popularize the values of autonomy and independence among African Americans in the 1960s and ’70s.
"You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom." - Malcom X