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.
|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.
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.