Malcolm X

Civil Rights Leader

By: Lauren Palmer

Becoming a Civil Rights Leader

  • Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • A prominent black nationalist leader who served as a spokesman for the Nation of Islam during the 1950s and '60s.
  • Malcolm X traveled to Detroit, Michigan, where he worked with the leader of the Nation of Islam, Elijah Muhammad, to expand the movement's following among black Americans nationwide.
  • On the evening of February 21, 1965, in Manhattan, Malcolm X was about to deliver a speech when three gunmen rushed the stage and shot him 15 times at point blank range.


"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."

Malcolm X - Mini Bio