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Malcolm X Portrait

Source: Michael Ochs Archives / Getty

Today marks what would have been the 92nd birthday of one of the greatest men in history, civil rights Icon Malcolm X. As an outspoken activist who was highly vocal about the poor treatment of blacks in the United States. He lived from 1925 to 1965 and was involved in one of the most important pushes for equal rights in American history.

Born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. His mother, Louise Norton Little, was a homemaker occupied with the family’s eight children. His father, Earl Little, was an outspoken Baptist minister and avid supporter of Black Nationalist leader Marcus Garvey.  Malcolm X was a prominent black nationalist leader who served as a spokesman for the Nation of Islam during the 1950s and ’60s.Oct 5, 2016

Malcolm X had seven siblings: Wilfred, Hilda, Philbert, Reginald, Wesley, Yvonne and Robert. He also had three half-siblings through his father: Ella, Mary and Earl Jr.

Malcolm X married Betty Shabazz and had six beautiful daughters. The pair had no boys, just girls, two of which are twins. Meet Attallah, Qubilah, llyasah, Gamilah, Malikah and Malaak Shabazz, six women who carry on such an amazing legendary legacy.

Malcolm X urged all African-Americans to reject their last names, which were those of slave-owners, replacing them with “X” to stand for the lost African names of their ancestors. Thousands belonging to the Nation of Islam adopted this practice.

On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X took to the stage of the Audubon Ballroom, a site often used for civic meetings. His wife, Betty Shabazz, and four children were in the crowd. Malcolm X was 39 when he was gunned down in 1965.

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