Malcolm X, a revolutionary hero for many, was destined to be a leader. He was born at a time of extreme racial injustices in Omaha, Nebraska on this day, May 19th 1925. His father, James Earl Little, was a Baptist that advocated for black nationalists and followed the teachings and ideals of Marcus Garvey. Very early on in life, his family received threats from the white supremacists organization, the Ku Klux Klan. This forced him and his family to move to Lansing, Michigan where Malcolm grew up.
Malcolm’s father ended up being ferociously murdered in 1931, by white supremacists. Clearly it was in his own DNA to be a revolutionary and fight the power. In 1937, Malcolm was taken away from his family by welfare caseworkers. This led him to participating in crimes that put him in prison in 1946. However, it was in prison that he ended up learning about and meeting the infamous Elijah Muhammad from the Nation of Islam.
Elijah Muhammad ended up building a very close and tight relationship while he was in prison. When he got out, Elijah officially brought Malcolm X to the NOI. This is when he began speaking publicly about Black pride, self-sufficiency, self-defense, and economic empowerment for Black people.
In April of 1964, Malcolm X decided to do something life changing. This is something that all committed Muslims are supposed to do at least once in their lifetime. He decided to travel to Mecca. When Malcolm made his pilgrimage to Mecca and other African nations, he converted to Orthodox Islam and decided to leave the Nation of Islam. His journey to Mecca gave him international recognition. The Nation of Islam immediately became extremely jealous of this.
One thing Malcolm X stood for was truth and justice. He once said, “I am for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against. I’m a human being first and foremost, and as such, I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.” Traveling to Mecca really opened up his eyes to a lot and when he came back, he began exposing the Nation of Islam.
The Nation of Islam could no longer hide under the false facade they were trying to display to the world. Someone powerful was finally speaking out. Malcolm X exposed Elijah Muhammad for being a pedophile. He spoke out about Muhammad having 8 children with 4 different teenage personal secretaries, he also spoke about about the NOI secretly working for Zionists and not having Black peoples best interest at heart.
Of course Malcolm knew that people were out to get him. He stated in his autobiography, “Every morning when I wake now, I regard it as having another borrowed day. In any city, wherever I go, making speeches, holding meetings of my organization, or attending to other businesses, Black men are watching every move I make, awaiting their chance to kill me. I have said publicly, many times that I know that they have their own orders. Anyone who chooses not to believe what I am saying doesn’t know the Muslims in the Nation of Islam.”
A week before Malcolm X was killed, his home which was owned by the NOI, was firebombed and Malcolm, himself, believed that the NOI was responsible. “The price of freedom is death”, he said. A week later, he was assassinated. So, who killed Malcolm X? The man told us himself. He knew who was out to get him, and he prophesied his own death. So, don’t believe the conspiracy theories, but believe the words that came out of the mans mouth himself.