Malcolm X

Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little, was a popular albeit controversial African American human rights activist of the 1950s and 60s. He joined the Nation of Islam while being incarcerated in prison for 10 years for larceny and breaking and entering, and became one of their most influential leaders in 1952. He advocated widely for Black empowerment and human rights, freedom and equality, but renounced the Nation of Islam in the 1960s, and embraced Sunni Islam. He was assassinated in 1965, and is, till today, widely celebrated for his pursuit of racial justice. He has been honored posthumously with the Malcolm X Day which is celebrated on the third Friday of May every year in various parts of USA, and there are many schools and colleges that have been named after him.

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