May Is Malcolm X Month

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TCXPI Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Malcolm Little, Malcolm X, el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz

El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X), Muslim Minister and Human Rights Leader, was assassinated February 21, 1965.

Black leader and prominent figure in the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X articulated concepts of Race Pride and Black Nationalism in the 1950s and ’60s.

Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska but raised in Lansing, Michigan.

In 1946, he was sentenced to prison and while in prison became a member of the Nation of Islam. After his parole in 1952, he became one of the Nation’s leaders and chief spokesman.

In 1953, he was named Assistant Minister of Temple Number One in Detroit, Michigan and by 1954 had established Boston, Massachusetts’ Temple Number Eleven and expanded Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Temple Number Twelve.

Until his departure from the organization in March, 1964, Malcolm X was the public face of the Nation of Islam.

After leaving, he became a Sunni Muslim, changed his name to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, made a pilgrimage to Mecca, and founded the Organization of Afro-American Unity.

At his funeral, Ossie Davis delivered the eulogy and described Malcolm X as “our shining Black prince.” His autobiography, “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” was published shortly after his death and in 1992 the film “Malcolm X” was released.

Many streets and schools around the country are named in his honor, including the El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Academy in Lansing. In 1999, the United States Postal Service issued a commemorative postage stamp in his honor and in 2005 Columbia University opened the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center.

On March 1, 1984, the Malcolm X House Site in North Omaha, Nebraska was listed on the National Register of Historic Places “because of the importance of Malcolm X to American history and national culture.”

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