Malcolm was born to Earl and Louise Little in Omaha, Nebraska, on May 19, 1925. He was the youngest of his father’s seven children (three of whom resided in Boston from his first marriage). After a growing pattern of racial turbulence that followed the Littles to different states, Earl Little, a Garveyite, was killed by white supremacists in Lansing, Michigan, in 1931. Malcolm later lost his mother to mental illness, which no doubt was triggered by the loss of her husband and the corrupt manipulations of an insurance company that left this vulnerable family destitute. The family was broken up. Despite being a bright student Malcolm would drop out of school at 15, and subsequently become involved in the underworld as “Big Red” and “Detroit Red.” Continue reading …
We hope enjoy and benefit from this short retrospective on one of the most influential personalities of the 20th century. The influence of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz / Malcolm X is still being felt throughout the world today; reminding committed Muslims of the Qur’anic ayah (verse):
Do not say of those who are slain in the way of ALLAH that they are dead. No, they are alive receiving sustenance from their Lord; though you perceive it not. [Qur’an 2:154].
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