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Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little in Omaha Nebraska on May 19 1925 Growing up in Omaha was very tough for young Malcolm He was constantly harassed by the whites living in his area At age six his father was found dead possible murdered The police report claimed it was an accident but Malcolm believed that his father was beaten unconscientious the thrown into the railroad tracks only to be run over by a train later that night After his fathers death his mother suffered a severe nervous breakdown which caused his family to be separated by welfare agencies With his father dead and family gone Malcolms hatred towards white people continued to escalate As a teenager Malcolm made his way into New York City and became a hustler and a criminal He was eventually caught and in 1946 was sentenced to jail for burglary for ten years He only served six years in jail but his time there was important He began to self educate himself by copying every word from an abridged dictionary from cover to back He joined the Black Muslims while in jail an important organization which would later be the downfall of his life In 1952 while on parole he took the name of Malcolm X which he claimed the X symbolized his true African name and renounced his white-slave masters name The 60s would be an important decade for Malcolm X it would be his last During this time civil rights movements gave a lot of publicity to blacks struggling for equal rights The Nation of Islam formally the Black Muslims was a much more militant organization then of Martin Luther King Jrs organizations They thought that Kings ideals were too weak and power must be used one way or another to get the job done Malcolms self education paid off as he became the first national minister of the Nation of Islam He became the un-official spokesperson
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