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MALCOLM X HIS-STORY Malcolm Little was born on May 19 1925 in Omaha Nebraska the son of Louise and Earl Little Louise Little was a mulatto born in Grenada in the British West Indies and Earl Little a six-foot very dark skinned man from Reynolds Georgia was a Baptist minister and organizer for Marcus Garvey who wanted that all Afro-Americans go back to the land of their ancestors Africa Louise his second wife bore six children Wilfred Hilda Philbert Malcolm Yvonne and Reginald Earl Little also had three children by a first wife Ella Earl and Mary Because of the fathers advocacy for Garveys movement the Ku Klux Klan terrorized the whole family To avoid any more harassment by these white racists Little had to migrate with his family to Lansing Michigan It did not help The white racists of Lansing killed Malcolms father and laid him on a railway track claiming he committed suicide Alone and without money Louise Little got more and more desperate before the white authorities sent her to a mental hospital Malcolm attended school until eighth grade living with different families When his teacher stopped him from trying to become a lawyer he dropped out of school and went to his older half sister Ella who lived in Boston There he took a job as a shoeshine boy at the Roseland Ballroom A career as a hustler seemed a more tempting option and he was soon peddling narcotics He met a white girl called Sophia who quickly became his girlfriend Having a white girl and being a very good dancer he soon was a notorious young man with crazy clothes and a haircut made to resemble the hair of white people which he was very ashamed of later But Roxbury proved to be too small for him and in 1942 he took a job as a railroad dining-car porter working out of Roxbury and New
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