Malcolm X (Malcolm Little, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) Author, narrator, and principal character of the Autobiography. Reverend Earl Little Malcolm's father, a Baptist minister and an organizer for the militant Universal Negro Improvement Association. Louise Little Malcolm's mother; a proud woman who is finally broken by family misfortunes. Elijah Muhammad (Elijah Poole, Elijah Karriem) Founder and leader of the Nation of Islam; Malcolm's teacher and spiritual adviser, later his principal adversary. Ella (Ella Mae Little Collins) Malcolm's half-sister (his father's daughter); his guardian during adolescence, and a lifelong friend and supporter. Reginald Little Malcolm's younger brother and closest friend in the family. It was Reginald who first talked to Malcolm about the Nation of Islam. Betty X (Betty Shabazz)
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