Born: 5/19/1925 Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Died: 2/21/1965 New York City, New York
Malcolm Little and also known as el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (Arabic: الحاجّ مالك الشباز), was an American Muslim minister and a human rights activist. To his admirers he was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans; detractors accused him of preaching racism and violence. He has been called one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history.
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- He is largely responsible for the spread of Islam in the black community in the United States.
- Malcolm X is credited with raising the self-esteem of black Americans and reconnecting them with their African heritage.