Birth date of Malcolm X, civil rights leader

By @ 05/19/93 in May

USPS99STA014 copyMay 19, 1925

Malcolm Little was born in Omaha, Nebraska to a series of racial hardships.  After his father was killed by a subgroup of the hateful Ku Klux Klan, Malcolm followed a life of crime that led him to a six-year term in jail.  There, he learned the ways of the Lost-Found Nation of Islam, a Black Muslim group that was notably aggressive in its fight for civil rights.  Malcolm adopted the name “X” as a symbol of stolen identity, and after his incarceration, began preaching at a mosque in Harlem about white crimes against black men.  But after a trip to Mecca (the Muslim Holy Land), X had found a new identity – El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz – and returned to America understanding the Muslim tenet that all people, regardless of color, are equal.  He disaffiliated from the Black Muslims to form the Organization of Afro-American Unity.   Malcolm continued preaching in America, asserting that it was up to black men to pull themselves out of their own oppression. Unfortunately, his tour of good will and teaching ended when he was tragically assassinated in a .

Why do you think Malcolm X became a more popular leader after his trip to Mecca? 


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