Malcolm X wife,children,death and his association with Muhammed Ali.
Molcolm X wife, children, death and his association with Muhammad Ali will be our focus in this article.
Who was Malcolm X?
Malcolm X was an African American muslim Minister and human right activist and he is currently resting in his grave at Ferncliff cemetery.
Call him a controversial figure and you will not be wrong. He was accused of preaching racism and violence, but was widely celebrated among African- Americans as well as the Muslim American communities. This was due to his pursuit of racial justice.
Malcolm X was born on 19th May, 1925 as Malcolm Little and later as Malik el-Shabazz.
Malcolm X was the spokesman for the Nation of Islam until 1964. He also stood as an advocate for Black empowerment as well as the promotion of Islam within the Black community at the time.
Malcolm is said to have spent the greater part of his adolescence life living in a series of foster homes or relatives.
This was after the death of his father and the subsequent hospitalization of his mother.
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Malcolm X was forced to engaged in many illicit activities. He was eventually arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison in 1946 for larceny and breaking and entering.
While in prison Malcolm converted to Islam and taking the name Malcolm X to stand for his unknown African ancestral surname and dishing out the white slavemaster name of Little. When he was released in 1952, he became an active member of the Nation of Islam and its most influential leader.
Malcolm X wife.
Malcolm X wife name was Betty Sanders and Sanders met Malcolm X during one of his lectures in 1955.
She then met with the activist again during a dinner party and finally joined the Nation of Islam and even changing her name to Betty X.
The couple courted during social events since one on one dates was not encourage by the Nation of Islam movement.
Malcolm X reportedly proposed to her through a telephone call and they got married two days after that in 1958.
Malcolm X children
Malcolm X and Betty X both shared six daughters together. They are Attallah who was named after Attila the Hun, Oubilah named after Kublai Khan, Ilyasah who was also named after Elijah Muhammad, Gamilah Lumumba who was named after both Gamal Abdel Nasser and Patrice Lumumba.
The others are twins Malikah and Malaak who were named after and in honour of their father.
Malcolm X death.
Malcolm X was assassinated. Wondering how?
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He had hints of his death as he told an interviewer Gordon Parks that Nation of Islam was working to kill him.
Three days later, while he was about to deliver a speech in Manhattan ‘s Audubon Ballroom made a noise to the effect that “Nigger! Get your hand outta my pocket!”.
Malcolm X and his body guards tried to stop the disturbances and in the process, a man came forward and shot Malcolm X in the chest. The person shot him with sawed-off shotgun and two others joined him and the started firing automatic handguns.
Malcolm X was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital around 3.30 pm, but was pronounced death, a few minutes after they arrived there.
Malcolm X association with Muhammad Ali.
It was Saxon who brought Clay(Muhammad Ali) to meet Malcolm X, the minister of New York City’s Mosque No. 7.
Malcolm X did not know much about the exploits of Clay’s growing prominence in the boxing world.
However, the Muslim leader could sensed a “contagious quality” about the imposing but affable athlete.
Muhammad Ali attended Malcolm X’s rally in Kentucky and was said to be happy about it. He said
“My first impression of Malcolm X was how could a Black man talk about the government and white people and act so bold and not be shot at?” the boxer later recalled. “He was fearless. That really attracted me.”