Malcolm X Quotes, Death, Wife, Children, Real Name, Biography

Malcolm X, as he wanted to be officially known, was a black American nationalist, human rights activist, and religious leader who fought for the emancipation of black Americans.

Biography of Malcolm X, real name

Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. He was the fourth of eight children born to a homemaker, Louise, and her husband, Earl Little. Earl was also an active member of the local chapter of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and an avid supporter of black nationalist leader Marcus Garvey.

Earl’s civil rights activism led to death threats from the white supremacist organization Black Legion, which forced the family to move twice before Malcolm’s fourth birthday.

In 1931, six years after Malcolm’s birth, his father’s body was found lifeless on the city streetcar tracks. His family believed he was murdered by white supremacists, from whom he had received countless and frequent death threats. However, police ruled out the claim that Earl Little’s death was a streetcar accident, leaving family in the event of his death.

Malcolm X’s mother never recovered from the shock of her husband’s death. She was committed to a mental institution in 1937, where she remained for 26 years.

With their mother in a mental institution, Malcolm and his siblings were separated and placed in foster homes. In 1946, Malcolm X was arrested for theft and sentenced to 10 years in prison. In prison, Malcolm finished his doctoral program. It was also during his time in prison that he encountered the teachings of Elijah Muhammad – the leader of Islam’s Lost-Found Nation, popularly known as the Black Muslims.

After his release from prison, Malcolm became an loyal student of Elijah Muhammad and adopted X – symbolic of a stolen identity – as his last name. His contact with Elijah Muhammad helped him focus his vision on the emancipation of “African Americans” under the auspices of the Nation of Islam. Mohammed appointed him spokesman for the Nation of Islam. It is known that during his time with NOI the membership of the organization grew from 500 in 1952 to 30,000 in 1963.

His death

Malcolm strictly adhered to the teachings of Elijah Muhammad, which included celibacy until marriage, was soon thrown off balance when he found out his mentor wasn’t practicing what he preached – Elijah Muhammad secretly had affairs with as many as six women within the organization and some of those relationships had resulted in children.

Malcolm reportedly refused Mohammed’s pleas to cover up his affairs and the children that followed, he also felt guilty about the masses he had tricked into joining the NOI, which he now believed to be a fraudulent organization built on too many lies was to ignore them. As a result, Malcolm left NOI and formed Muslim Mosque Inc.

After his resignation from NOI and the termination of the teachings of Elijah Muhammad, the relationship between them became volatile and Malcolm faced several threats in his life, which he rarely went without a bodyguard.

On February 14, 1965, his home in East Elmhurst, New York was set on fire. Thankfully, Malcolm and his family escaped physical harm.

The following week, February 21, Malcolm was brutally murdered while giving a lecture in Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom. Three gunmen rushed at Malcolm and shot him 15 times at point blank range. The 39-year-old was pronounced dead upon arrival at New York’s Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.

He was buried on February 27, 1965. Malcolm’s killers Talmadge Hayer, Norman 3X Butler and Thomas 15X Johnson – all members of the Nation of Islam – were convicted of first-degree murder in March 1966.

At first the revolutionary irrational advocated a total severance of ties with the white community, but later added a touch of conformity to this, thereby preaching respect and “equal” justice for the white and black races. The later subtlety that came with his personality in no way deterred his brave and fiery side. The fact is that he was a formidable force that the “white” government could not easily suppress. He was strong to the end. The United States government is rumored to have turned a blind eye to the assassination attempt on Malcolm X.

wife and children

Malcolm married his heartthrob, Betty Shabazz, in 1958 and they had six daughters together namely Attallah, Qubilah, Iljasah Gamilah Lumumba, Malikah and
Malaak Shabazz.

Betty died in 1997 at the age of 63.

Malcolm X quotes

Here are some of the funny, realistic, brilliant and endearing quotes from this brand of fire:

1. Education is our passport to the future, because tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.

2. It is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks. It is legal and permissible to own a shotgun or rifle. We believe in obeying the law.

3. Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, take it.

4. You cannot separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless they have their freedom.

5. When “I” is replaced by “we”, sickness also becomes well-being.

6. History is the memory of a people, and without memory man is degraded to the lower animals.

7. Be peaceful, polite, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts their hand on you, send them to the graveyard.

8. The truth is on the side of the oppressed.

9. I believe in people and that all people should be respected as such, regardless of the color of their skin.

10. In my recent travels to African countries and others I have been struck by the importance of a functioning unity among all peoples, both black and white.

11. If you are in a country that is progressive, the woman is progressive… But in any backward country, the women are backward, and in any country that does not prioritize education, it is because the women have no education.

12. My alma mater was books, a good library…I could spend the rest of my life reading just to satisfy my curiosity.

13. When people are sad, they usually don’t do anything. They only cry about their condition. But when they get angry, they make a change

14. There is nothing better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time.

fifteen. In South Africa they stand for nothing other than America. The only difference is that they preach and practice apartheid there. America preaches freedom and practices slavery.

16. You shouldn’t be so blind to patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong no matter who does it or who says it.

17. A man who stands for nothing will fall for nothing.

18. The price of freedom is death.

19. Here I am, back in Mecca. I am still traveling and trying to broaden my mind as I have seen too much of the damage that narrow mindedness can do and when I return to America I will devote my energies to repairing the damage

20. I am neither a fanatic nor a dreamer. I am a black man who loves peace and justice and loves his people.