On this day in 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska the fourth of seven children Malcolm Little was born. His father, Earl Little, a very dark complexioned Black American from Reynolds, Georgia was a “lay” Baptist minister and active member of Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association (U.N.I.A.).
His mother, Louise Norton, born in Grenada, West Indies to a White Scottish father and African-Grenadian mother. It was said that Louse Norton was so light in complexion she thought to be a White woman. Which one would imagine caused quite the stir in the early 1920’s in Omaha, Nebraska. A place where the thought of an interaction couple was an absolute no, no.
Malcolm was born at a precarious time in the history of America. It was in the crucible of the mid-1920’s-1960’s that we saw this man known to many as Malcolm Little become Malcolm X and ultimately El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (لحاجّ مالك الشباز).
It was this man who was taken away from us, it was this man who was assassinated, it was this man who inspired generations to follow in his foot steps. He had profound impact on many including the person writing this blog.
The hope remains that his memory continues to grow and is not co-opted by the politically correct who will surely muddle his message and meaning for future generations. Although he died has El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, the majority of us will know him as simply Brother Malcolm. Happy birthday good sir. You are sorely missed.
For more information about the life and times of Malcolm X please read Manning Marable’s Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. The most exhaustive work on Malcolm X to date.