“By any means necessary.” This is a famous quote from El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, also known
as Malcolm Little, but better known as Malcolm X. This is a man who is known by many different
names, some including ‘Detroit Red’ and ‘Malachi Shabazz,’ but who is more widely known for
his significant impact on the Civil Rights Movement. I have studies Malcolm X a little bit in high
school as well as some in middle school, so I am somewhat familiar with his works and doings.
Today I will inform you about Malcolm Little, Malcolm X, and El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz all of who
make up the Malcolm X who is commonly known.
Malcolm Little was born on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska to Earl Little and Louise Helen.
He was the 7
of 11 children, having 3 step and 8 full siblings. From the beginning, Malcolm
Little was faced with many hard times. Even before he was born, while his mother was pregnant
with him, his family was threatened to move by Klan members. The family relocated to Lansing,
Michigan in 1926. Then in 1931, his father was murdered. After her husband’s death, Malcolm’s
mother, Louise, had a nervous breakdown and was later declared legally insane. After this,
Malcolm and his siblings were split up into different foster homes. This was sort of a turning
point in his life, and Malcolm’s radical and extreme tendencies begun. He dropped out of school
and was eventually sent to a detention center. After leaving the detention center, he moved a
couple times, finally ending up in Boston. He became involved in gambling, drug dealing, and