Malcolm X Timeline
Timeline Description: Malcolm X was a prominent leader in the black community and later around the nation. He spoke out ardently about civil rights, and he will always be remembered for his bravery and passion. This is a timeline of his life.

Date Event
1925 Malcolm X is born

Malcolm was born in Nebraska, and his name was Malcolm Little. His family later moved to Michigan.
1939 Malcolm is taken from his home

Malcolm's mother became ill and was put in a mental hospital. Malcolm was taken from his home and placed in foster care.
1941 He finds his own way

Malcolm moved to Boston to live with his half-sister, Ella. He became introduced to crime, and he got mixed up with some small crime.
1943 Malcolm moves to Harlem

Malcolm left Boston and moved to Harlem, New York, where he worked as a waiter.
1946 Malcolm gets prison time

Over the years Malcolm found himself involved in a few different crimes. He was sentenced for them and ended up in prison, where he decided it was time to get an education.
1947 The Nation of Islam

While in prison, Malcolm converted to the Nation of Islam, which later gave him the "X" of Malcolm X.
1953 Malcolm X becomes watched

The FBI began watching Malcolm X for suspicious activity.
1958 Malcolm gets married

Malcolm married a woman named Betty Sanders, and they had their first child later that year.
1959 He becomes a representative of the Nation of Islam

Malcolm X travelled abroad as a representative of the Nation of Islam. He visited the Middle East, Ghana, and Sudan, among other places.
1960 Malcolm X meets Fidel Castro

Malcolm met the infamous leader of Cuba in a Harlem hotel.
1963 He is suspended as a Nation of Islam leader

Malcolm lost his position as a leader when he made critical comments about President Kennedy's assassination. Malcolm had grown weary of the whites in America and was becoming more and more racist.
1964 Malcolm finds true Islam

Malcolm travelled to Africa where he was introduced to true Islam. He converted and then returned to America to spread his new ideals, which included peace for all, including the whites.
1964 He works to form a new nation

Malcolm dreamed of a nation for the African Americans. He established the Organization for Afro-American Unity.
1965 Malcolm dies

Malcolm was assassinated while giving a speech and over 20,000 people attended his funeral. Malcolm X has been praised for his work toward the rights of black Americans, as well as his work in civil rights for all people. He is regarded as one of the greatest black men of all time.






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