DARC Ethiophile Chronicles
On this day
May 19, 1925 Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik El Shabazz) is born in Omaha, Nebraska. Born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925, in Omaha, Nebraska, Malcolm X was a prominent Black Nationalist leader who served as a spokesman for the Nation of Islam during the 1950s and '60s. Due largely to his efforts, the Nation of Islam grew from a mere 400 members at the time he was released from prison in 1952 to 40,000 members by 1960. Articulate, passionate and a naturally gifted and inspirational orator, Malcolm X exhorted blacks to cast off the shackles of racism "by any means necessary," including violence. The fiery civil rights leader left the Nation of Islam shortly before his assassination, February 21, 1965, at the Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan, where he had been preparing to deliver a speech.