On May 19, 1925, Malcolm Little was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to parents Louise and Earl. Earl, a Baptist, was a follower of Marcus Garvey and a leader of the Universal Negro Improvement Association.
From his birth, violence played a significant role in Malcolm’s life. Malcolm stated that four of his uncles were killed by white violence. His family relocated to Wisconsin due to threats from the Ku Klux Klan. In Wisconsin, the family received death threats from the white racist group the Black Legion.
When Malcolm was six, his father died in a tram accident. There was much suspicion around this death, and Louise believed he had been murdered at the hands of the Black Legion. His father’s death served as a major obstacle in Malcolm’s young life. Later, his mother suffered a mental break after her boyfriend disappeared following a pregnancy. This nervous breakdown landed her in Kalamazoo State Hospital.
In essence, Malcolm was left an orphan and turned to a life on the streets, which...
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