He considered ‘Little’ a slave name and chose a new name to signify his lost tribal name!

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Malcolm X is a figure in our history that needs no introduction yet is too many just a name they have heard of, especially for some of the youth! His life was full of twists and turns, ups and downs and was a real fighter and clearly someone who cared about his people.

Learn a few facts about him and make sure you go out of your way to research and learn a bit more information about this unbelievable man.

Muslim minister and human rights activist.

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Born Malcolm Little; considered “Little” a slave name and chose “X” to signify his lost tribal name.

Appointed as assistant minister of Temple Number One in 1953.

In 1960, founded the newspaper, Muhammad Speaks, to further promote the message of the Nation of Islam.

Terminated relationship with Nation of Islam in 1964 and created the religious organization, Muslim Mosque, Inc.

Changed name to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz and converted to traditional Islam during his pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia in 1964.

HOMEWORK: Ask your child or any member of the youth what they know about Malcolm. Ready yourself with some info to build on the foundation of what they know.

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