Malcolm X Homesite
Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1925, lived on this site in the 1930's. His early life was marked by the violent death of his father, the Reverend Earl Little, on the Michigan Avenue streetcar tracks. Under severe economic stress, the family separated, and in 1937, Malcolm was sent to Mason. After a public school teacher discouraged his ambition of becoming a lawyer, Malcolm at fifteen left for Boston and New York. He became involved in street crime and was arrested in Massachusetts. In prison he was converted to the teachings of Elijah Muhammad and read widely in history and philosophy. He also developed an understanding of black self-hatred and came to see his years in Lansing as common to black experience. Released in 1952, he joined his family in Detroit, and began his new life as a Muslim. When his talent for
preaching was recognized, he moved to New York to head Temple Seven. He founded the Nation of Islam's weekly newspaper, Muhammad Speaks, and traveled the country organizing new temples among its followers. In 1959 a television program brought him to public attention as the principal minister of the Nation. Preaching black pride and autonomy, he openly articulated the extent of racial discontent in our society. He broke with the Nation in 1964 and founded Muslim
Erected 1975 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number S0455.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 42° 41.209′ N, 84° 34.04′ W. Marker is in Lansing, Michigan, in Ingham County. Marker is on S. Martin Luther King Blvd., on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4705 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lansing MI 48910, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Roswell Everett / Roswell Everett House (approx. 1.4 miles away); Michigan Retail Hardware Association (approx. 1½ miles away); Trinity A.M.E. Church (approx. 1.8 miles away); REO Motor Car Company / REO Clubhouse (approx. 2.2 miles away); Grand Trunk Depot (approx. 2.4 miles away); Mt. Hope Cemetery (approx. 2.7 miles away); Olds Returns to Lansing (approx. 2.7 miles away); Michigan Sheriffs' Association (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lansing.
Also see . . . Malcom X from Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 14, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Notable Persons • Politics •
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