Born May 19th 1925, in Omaha NE, Malcolm X, (born Malcolm Little), was the fourth of Earl and Louise Little's seven children. Earl Little was a Baptist minister and outspoken supporter of Black Nationalist Leader Marcus Garvey.
Earl's activism prompted death threats from the white supremacist organization Black Legion, forcing the family to relocate twice before Malcolm's fourth birthday. In 1928, The Littles moved to Lansing Michigan, in a predominately white neighbourhood where they experienced discrimination and racism. Click To EditEarl's activism prompted death threats from the white supremacist organization Black Legion, forcing the family to relocate twice before Malcolm's fourth birthday. In 1928, The Littles moved to Lansing Michigan, in a predominately white neighbourhood where they experienced discrimination and racism. Insert Link Insert Image Insert Video Help Insert ParagraphUndoes the last commandRedoes the last commandTabUntabSet a bold styleSet a italic styleSet a underline styleSet a strikethrough styleClean a styleSet left alignSet center alignSet right alignSet full alignToggle unordered listToggle ordered listOutdent on current paragraphIndent on current paragraphChange current block's format as a paragraph(P tag)Change current block's format as H1Change current block's format as H2Change current block's format as H3Change current block's format as H4Change current block's format as H5Change current block's format as H6Insert horizontal ruleShow Link Dialog Summernote 0.8.11 · Project · Issues
NO BLACKS ALLOWED!
In November of 1928, The Little house burned to the ground, and police labelled it as an "accident". No fire wagon was dispatched to the scene. The Little moves family then moved to East Lansing and build a new home there.
In 1931 Earl Little is killed in what police term a “streetcar accident”. However, Earl’s body was found lying across the town’s trolley tracks, his head almost decapitated. The Little’s were certain that members of the Black Legion were responsible, Malcolm was six.
After Earl's death, his wife and children struggle to make ends meet and must apply for public assistance. In 1938 Louise Little is diagnosed as mentally ill and sent to the Kalamazoo State Mental Hospital.
xIn 1939, the state places the Little children with various foster families. Malcolm is sent to a juvenile home in the nearly all-white community in Michigan. He does well at school there, earning straight A's and was elected president of his 8th-grade class, but his teacher discourages him about pursuing his goal of becoming a lawyer as it was "unreasonable".