To some, Malcolm Little was an indispensable figure in the Black liberation movement. To others, he was a controversial demagogue who preached racism and violence to his followers. Nevertheless, his contributions are synonymous with America’s civil rights movement and have forever reshaped the struggle. Born to a broken family in Omaha, Nebraska, Malcolm X’s 10-year stint in prison introduced him to Islam and subsequently, his placement within the Nation of Islam (NOI) as its voice, capable of articulating the deepest pain and aspirations of African-Americans throughout the country. Here’s a closer look at his life through our infographic.
Infographic by Malcolm X