May 19, 1925 – Malcolm X
Malcolm X, Muslim minister and a civil rights activist was born on May 19, 1925 under the birth name Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska to Rev. Earl Little (a Baptist Minister) and Louise Norton Little. Malcolm X joined the Nation of Islam and became one of it’s most important and influential leaders as the National Spokesman. His skilled and gifted oratory aided in his rise to become one of the top African American leaders of the mid twentieth century. Malcolm X disassociated himself with the Nation of Islam in the early 1960’s, turned against racism and founded Muslim Mosque, Inc. and the Organization of Afro American Unity. Malcolm X was assassinated on February 21, 1965 in Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom by three gunmen who were members of the Nation of Islam. Malcolm X was shot 15 times and pronounced dead when he arrived at New York’s Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. He and his wife Betty Shabazz had four daughters and she was expecting when he died, she gave birth later that year to twin daughters.
Malcom X Before The Press