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  • Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
    Tuesday May 19, 1925

    Birth

    Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
    Tuesday May 19, 1925

    Malcolm Little was born May 19, 1925, in Omaha, Nebraska.




  • Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Thursday Jan 01, 1948

    Prayer to God

    Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Thursday Jan 01, 1948

    In late 1948, Little wrote to Elijah Muhammad, the leader of the Nation of Islam. Muhammad advised him to renounce his past, humbly bow in prayer to God, and promise never to engage in destructive behavior again.




  • Chicago, U.S.
    Aug, 1952

    Elijah visit

    Chicago, U.S.
    Aug, 1952

    After his parole in August 1952, Malcolm X visited Elijah Muhammad in Chicago.




  • Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
    Monday Jun 01, 1953

    Assistant minister of the Nation's Temple Number One

    Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
    Monday Jun 01, 1953

    In June 1953 he was named assistant minister of the Nation's Temple Number One in Detroit.




  • Harlem, New York, U.S.
    May, 1954

    Leader of Temple No.7

    Harlem, New York, U.S.
    May, 1954

    He was selected to lead Temple Number 7 in Harlem.




  • New York, U.S.
    Friday Apr 26, 1957

    Hinton Johnson incident

    New York, U.S.
    Friday Apr 26, 1957

    A Nation of Islam member, was beaten by two New York City police officers. On April 26, Johnson and two other passersby‍—‌also Nation of Islam members‍—‌saw the officers beating an African-American man with nightsticks. When they attempted to intervene, shouting, "You're not in Alabama ... this is New York!" one of the officers turned on Johnson, beating him so severely that he suffered brain contusions and subdural hemorrhaging. All four African-American men were arrested. Alerted by a witness, Malcolm X and a small group of Muslims went to the police station and demanded to see Johnson. Police initially denied that any Muslims were being held, but when the crowd grew to about five hundred, they allowed Malcolm X to speak with Johnson. Afterward, Malcolm X insisted on arranging for an ambulance to take Johnson to Harlem Hospital.




  • Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
    Jan, 1958

    Marriage

    Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
    Jan, 1958

    Malcolm X proposed to Betty Sanders during a telephone call from Detroit in January 1958, and they married two days later.


  • U.S.
    Sunday Dec 01, 1963

    Criticism of John F.Kennedy assassination

    U.S.
    Sunday Dec 01, 1963

    On December 1, 1963, when asked to comment on the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X said that it was a case of "chickens coming home to roost". He added that "chickens coming home to roost never did make me sad; they've always made me glad."


  • U.S.
    Sunday Mar 01, 1964

    Left the Nation of Islam

    U.S.
    Sunday Mar 01, 1964

    On March 8, 1964, Malcolm X publicly announced his break from the Nation of Islam. He was still a Muslim, he said, but felt that the Nation had "gone as far as it can" because of its rigid teachings. He said he was planning to organize a black nationalist organization to "heighten the political consciousness" of African Americans.


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Thursday Mar 26, 1964

    Met Martin Luther King Jr.

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Thursday Mar 26, 1964

    On March 26, 1964, he met Martin Luther King Jr. for the first and only time‍—‌and only long enough for photographs to be taken‍—‌in Washington, D.C., as both men attended the Senate's debate on the Civil Rights bill.


  • U.S.
    Friday Feb 19, 1965

    2 days before assassination

    U.S.
    Friday Feb 19, 1965

    On February 19, 1965, Malcolm X told interviewer Gordon Parks that the Nation of Islam was actively trying to kill him.


  • Manhattan, New York, U.S.
    Sunday Feb 21, 1965
    03:30:00 PM

    Death

    Manhattan, New York, U.S.
    Sunday Feb 21, 1965

    On February 21, 1965, he was preparing to address the OAAU in Manhattan's Audubon Ballroom when someone in the 400-person audience yelled, "Nigger! Get your hand outta my pocket!" As Malcolm X and his bodyguards tried to quell the disturbance, a man rushed forward and shot him once in the chest with a sawed-off shotgun and two other men charged the stage firing semi-automatic handguns. Malcolm X was pronounced dead at 3:30 pm, shortly after arriving at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. The autopsy identified 21 gunshot wounds to the chest, left shoulder, arms and legs, including ten buckshot wounds from the initial shotgun blast.


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