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Malcolm X was born on May 19 1925 in Omaha Nebraska His real name was Malcolm Little His parents were Earl and Louise Little They were both members of Marcus Garveys Universal Negro Improvement His father was a Baptist preacherAll together there were 8 children Malcolm and his family was driven from Omaha by the KKK when he was an infant They moved from Omaha to Lansing Michigan In Lansing their house was burned down by a white hate group Black LegionnairesEarl Little died when Malcolm was 6 After his father died his mother had a mental breakdown The children were all given to foster homes Malcolm quit school after the 8th grade He became involved in hustling drug dealing and burglaries From 1946 to 1952 he was in a penitentiary During his prison time Malcolm became religious When he was released he became a minister for the nation of Islam He was the national spokesman for Elijah Muhammed The Nation of Islam grew from several 100 members to 100000 members under Malcolms leadership it also prouduced 40 temples in the United States The Nation of Islam recruited members from ghetto poor communities people from the prisons hustlers drug dealers pimps prostitutes and thieves These people were believed to be ethically impoverished by white racist neglect of their fundamental needs These fundamental needs were self-respect social dignity to understand their royal black history and to worship and serve a black god The Nation of Islam also believed women were a lethal source of deception and seduction from within The women had to wear a modest dress they were under close supervision of men and they In March of 1964 Malcolm left the Nation of Islam Muhammed forbade him from speaking in public for 90 days for saying that the violence in the United States had committed in other parts of the world were returning to haunt this nation After he left he formed two organizations
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