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The Autobiography as told to Alex HaleyWhen Malcolm X was murdered in the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem on February 21 1965 he was world-famous as the angriest black man in America By that time he had completed his autobiography so we have now the opportunity to get information of this both hated and loved Afro-American leaders life at first hand The book The Autobiography of Malcolm X which he wrote with the assistance of Alex Haley was first published in 1965 Malcolm X did not write his autobiography on his own but he told his life to the journalist and novelist Alex Haley Haley had already interviewed Malcolm X for the Playboy magazine Later he asked him if he would tell his life story for publication Malcolm acceptedMalcolm 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 organiser 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 whole family was terrorised by the Ku Klux Klan 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 by laying him on a railway track claiming he committed suicide Alone and without money Louise Little got more and more desperate till 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
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