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Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little in Omaha Nebraska on May 19, 1925. Malcolm’s father Earl Little was a big six-foot-four very black man with one eye. His mother Louis Little, had a light complexion and could pass for white. Malcolm was his father’s seventh child. He had three children from a previous marriage Ella, Earl, and Mary, who lived in Boston. Malcolm’s father met and married his mother in Philadelphia. This union produced, Malcolm and his five full-blooded siblings. The oldest Wilfred was born in Philadelphia. Then the family moved to Omaha, Nebraska their, Hilda and then Philbert was born. Soon after Philbert was born came Malcolm. The next child Reginald was born in Milwaukee and suffered from a serious back problem, which actually made him handicap for the continuation of his being. For a short time the family continued their stay in Wisconsin, Malcolm’s dad wanted to find a better accommodation so he could bring up his kids the right way and build up a decent business. This is something his father would learn form the teachings of Marcus Garvey. Marcuse Garvey stressed becoming independent of the white man. Later his mother would become pregnant again, this time with his youngest sister Yvonne. The family than moved to Lansing, Michigan to find that independence Malcolm’s father wanted form the white man. As you can see from the begging of young Malcolm’s life civil rights played a big role.
Many violent and disturbing events during Malcolm’s childhood synchronized to form positive and negative impacts on his life. The same events that led him to a life of crime during his early years would also act as a catalyst for his salvation. Self-inflicted destruction and environmental factors breed the creation of an American hero and African American icon.
Malcolm said, “Even at that young age, I just couldn’t believe in the Christian concept of Jesus as someone divine. And no religious person, until I was a man in my twenties and then in



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