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Malcolm X Is Born in Omaha, Nebraska


Malcolm Little, the future civil rights leader known as Malcolm X, was born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska. His family soon moved to Michigan. The birth site is now a historic landmark and the location of the Malcolm X Center.

See also Malcolm X’s prophetic “The Ballot or the Bullet” speech on April 3, 1964, in Cleveland, Ohio, in which he warned that violence could erupt if American society did not grant full equality to African-Americans. Malcolm X was assassinated on February 21, 1965, in New York City, in circumstances that are still a matter of controversy.

Visit the Historical Marker: http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/travel/civilrights/ne1.htm

Read the acclaimed biography: Manning Marable, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (2011)

Watch a compilation of Malcolm X speeches and interviews: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9AmuYqjRyg

See the Spike Lee film: Malcolm X (1992)

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