To some, Malcolm Little was an indispensable figure in the Civil Rights movement. To others, he was a controversial hate-preacher who advocated for racism and violence. Whichever side of the argument you’re on, it’s undeniable that his contributions are synonymous with America’s Black Liberation movement and have forever changed the narrative in the struggle for equality.
Born to a broken family in Nebraska, Malcolm X’s time inin prison introduced him to Islam and subsequently, his placement within the Nation of Islam (NOI). He eventually transformed himself from a radical militant of the Nation of Islam into a peace-loving Sunni Muslim preaching tolerance of all people and articulating the deepest pain and aspirations of African-Americans throughout the country. Here’s his story.