Malcolm X Biography

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Malcolm X had a complicated and difficult early life.
Later in his life known as Malcolm X, Malcolm Little was born on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. He was the fourth out of eight children of Earl and Louis Norton Little. Before Malcolm was born his father had 3 children from a previous marriage as well as 3 children with Malcolm's mother. When Malcolm was born, his mother was a homemaker and his father was a Baptist minister and a supporter of the Black National leader, Marcus Garvey.
Marcus Garvey was the founder of the U.N.I.A (Universal Negro Improvement Association) a black nationalist fraternal organization representing the largest mass movement in African-American history, famous for proclaiming their black Nationalist message
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Two years later, when Malcolm was only 6, Earl Little's dead body was discovered lying across the municipal streetcar tracks. The Police officially ruled that the death of Earl Little was a streetcar accident. Earls family and the black community however, believed that he was murdered by a Ku Klux Klan splinter faction known as the Black Legion, who Earl had received numerous death threats from since his relocation to Milwaukee. Due to the ruling being an accident and not a murder, the life insurance policy Earl had bought in the event of his death was voided. Malcolm X's mother was unable to recover from the shock and stress over her husband's death. In 1937, she was committed to a mental institution where she remained for the next 26 years. Malcolm and his siblings were separated and placed in foster …show more content…
His teacher responded by explained to Malcolm that a black lawyer was unrealistic and suggested that Malcolm should work with has hands and become a carpenter. Having been told there was no point in a black child pursuing education, Malcolm X dropped out of school the following year, at the age of 15. This is where Malcolm described himself as changing on the inside.
After quitting school, Malcolm X moved to Boston to live with his older half-sister Ella from age 14 to 21. Malcolm described Ella as being very proud of he very dark skin, which was unheard of amongst blacks in those days. Ella got Malcolm a job shining shoes, soon after that Malcolm got another job as a kitchen help on the Yankee Clipper train connecting Boston and New York. however Malcolm X became acquainted with the city's criminal underground, soon turning to selling drugs gambling racketeering, robbery, and

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