A Brief Biography of Malcolm X, plus his Horoscope

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"Sometimes, I have dared to dream... that one day, history may even say that my voice - which disturbed the white man's smugness, and his arrogance, and his complacency - that my voice helped to save America from a grave, possibly even a fatal catastrophe." - Malcolm X

His early life

Malcolm Little was born on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska, the fourth of seven children, to Louise Helen Little (nee Norton) and Earl Little, a Baptist lay speaker who was a great admirer of the Pan-African activist Marcus Garvey. The following year, because of threats from the Ku Klux Klan, who charged Earl with "spreading trouble," the family relocated to Milwaukee and shortly thereafter to Lansing, Michigan, where they were constantly harassed by Lansing's Black Legion, a white racist group.

When Malcolm was six his father was killed in what was ruled a streetcar accident, although Louise, Malcolm's sister, believed he had been murdered by the Black Legion.

In 1938 Malcolm's mother had a nervous breakdown and was committed to Kalamazoo State Hospital. Her children were then separated and sent to foster homes. Twenty-four years later Malcolm secured her release.

As a junior high school student he excelled, and when he told one of his white teachers he wanted to become a lawyer, she told him that was "no realistic goal for a nigger."

During his early and mid-teens Malcolm lived with his half-sister Ella Little-Collins in Roxbury, a largely African-American neighborhood of Boston, and in 1943 he moved to Harlem, where he entered a life of petty crime - drug dealing, gambling, racketeering, robbery and pimping. He was drafted into the army in 1944. Wanting no part of the military, he was declared "mentally disqualified for military service" after telling draft board officials he hoped the army would send him down south to "organize them nigger soldiers...steal us some guns, and kill us some crackers."

In prison, and joining the Nation of Islam

In late 1945 Malcolm returned to Boston and joined with four accomplices to burglarize the city's wealthy families. Arrested in 1946 as he picked up a stolen watch he had taken in for repairs, he was convicted of larceny and sentenced to a term of eight to ten years at Charlestown State Prison.

According to Wikipedia: "At this time, several of his siblings wrote to him about the Nation of Islam, a relatively new religious movement preaching black self-reliance and, ultimately, the return of the African diaspora to Africa, where they would be free from white American and European domination." Malcolm would eventually come to the conclusion that "every relationship he'd had with whites had been tainted by dishonesty, injustice, greed and hatred." (Wikipedia)

In Late 1948 he became a member of the Nation of Islam. In 1950, after writing a letter to President Harry S. Truman expressing his opposition to the Korean War and declaring himself a communist, the FBI opened a file on him. Paroled in August 1952, Malcolm visited the founder of the Nation of Islam, Elijah Muhammad, in Chicago.

By now he was signing his name "Malcolm X." The "X", he explained in his autobiography, symbolized the true African family name he could never know: "For me, my 'X' replaced the white slavemaster name of 'Little' which some blue-eyed devil named Little had imposed upon my paternal forbears."

In June of 1953 he was named assistant minister of the Nation's Temple Number one in Detroit, and later that year he traveled to Boston where he opened Temple Number 11. In May of 1954 he was chosen to head Temple Number 7 in Harlem. There, he rapidly expanded the membership. He would go on to establish temples in Springfield, Massachusetts, Hartford, Connecticut and Atlanta Georgia. His recruiting efforts were so successful that hundreds of African-Americans were joining the Nation of Islam every month.

As a result of his charismatic bearing, successful recruiting and his rapid advancement in the Nation of Islam, the FBI began surveillance of him in 1953, which would last for the rest of his life.

Marriage and family

In 1955 he met Betty Sanders after one of his lectures, and again at a dinner party. They married in January, 1958, two days after he proposed. They were to have six daughters: Attalah, Qubilah, Ilyasah, Gamilah Lumumba, and twins Malikah and Malaak.

Becoming world famous

By the late 1950s Malcolm's comments were given ever-increasing attention by the media, and in 1959 he was featured in a television broadcast in New York City about the Nation of Islam titled The Hate That Hate Produced. In September of 1960 he met several African leaders at the United Nations, including Gamel Abdel Nasser of Egypt. Fidel Castro, also at the UN at that time, engaged Malcolm in a two-hour private meeting, and he was sufficiently impressed to invite him to visit Cuba.

Beliefs of the Nation of Islam

The Nation of Islam taught that:
Black people are the world's original people
White people are 'devils'
Blacks are superior to whites
The demise of the white race is imminent

Civil rights organizations denounced the Nation of Islam and Malcolm as hatemongers, black supremacists, segregationists and racists. Malcolm X, for his part called Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a "chump". He argued for the complete separation of blacks from whites, proposing that blacks should return to Africa. Until that time, he said, a separate country should be created within the United States exclusively for blacks. He also rejected non-violence, saying that black people should be able to defend and advance themselves by any means necessary. According to Wikipedia "His speeches had a powerful effect on his audiences, who were generally African-Americans in northern and western cities. Many of them - tired of being told to wait for freedom, justice, equality and respect - felt that he articulated their complaints better than did the civil rights movement."

The falling out

Malcolm X was publicly censured by the Nation of Islam and prohibited from speaking for ninety days after he commented that the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was a case of "the chickens coming home to roost."

Tension between him and Elijah Muhammad rose arose when rumors circulated that Muhammad was carrying on affairs with young Nation secretaries - a serious breach of Nation teachings. Malcolm, at first unbelieving, changed his mind when Muhammad's son Wallace Muhammad confirmed the rumors, as did Elijah himself in 1963, claiming justification for his behavior by referring to precedents set by Biblical prophets.

Thus, on March 8, 1964, Malcolm X publicly announced his break with the Nation of Islam.

Changing his outlook

In April 1964, Malcolm flew to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, beginning his Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca that is required of every true Muslim who is able to do so. Seeing Muslims of "all colors, from blue-eyed blondes to black-skinned Africans" interacting with each other as equals had a profound effect on him, and he began to view the Islamic faith as a means of overcoming racial problems.

Assassination

Malcolm X was about to begin an address to the Organization of African-American Unity at the Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan on February 21, 1965 when someone in the 400-person audience rushed forward and shot him in the chest with a sawed-off shotgun. Two other men then charged, firing semi-automatic handguns. He was rushed to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The autopsy revealed he had been shot 21 times - in the chest, left shoulder, arms and legs.

His three assassins, all members of the Nation of Islam, were convicted and sentenced to life in prison, but they were all eventually released on parole.

Over 14,000 people attended his funeral in Harlem. Loudspeakers were set up outside to accommodate the throng. Actor and activist Ossie Davis delivered the eulogy, calling Malcolm "our shining black prince":

"There are those who will consider it their duty," said Davis, "as friends of the Negro people, to tell us to revile him, to flee, even from the presence of his memory, to save ourselves by writing him out of the history of our turbulent times. Many will ask what Harlem finds to honor in this stormy, controversial and bold young captain - and we will smile. Many will say turn away - away from this man, for he is not a man but a demon, a monster, a subverter and an enemy of the black man - and we will smile. They will say that he is of hate - a fanatic, a racist - who can only bring evil to the cause for which you struggle! And we will answer and say to them: Did you ever talk to Brother Malcolm? Did you ever touch him, or have him smile at you? Did you ever really listen to him? Did he ever do a mean thing? Was he ever himself associated with violence or any public disturbance? For if you did you would know him. And if you knew him you would know why we must honor him."

Malcolm knew he would not reach old age. He once told John Lewis "If you read, you'll find that very few people who think like I think live long enough to get old...When I say by any means necessary, I mean it with all my heart, my mind and my soul. A black man should give his life to be free, and he should also be able, to be willing to take the life of those who want to take his. When you really think like that, you don't live long."

Asked by Lewis how he wanted to be remembered, Malcolm replied "Sincere. In whatever I did or do. Even if I made mistakes, they were made in sincerity. If I'm wrong, I'm wrong in sincerity. I think that the best thing a person could be is sincere."

"The price of freedom," he said shortly before he was assassinated, "is death."

His horoscope

This may come as a surprise to some people, but with his Sun on the cusp of the fifth house and Venus residing in it, Malcolm X was a true incarnation of love - in his case it was love for his people. The fifth house could be said to be the house of love given, and Malcolm gave fully of his love for his people, as well as his love for his family. (Other examples of fifth house incarnations of love - Louis Armstrong, Bruce Springsteen, Paramahansa Yogananda.)

Full of self-confidence (Jupiter rising in the first house) he engaged people (seventh house) in a powerful and passionate manner (Pluto exactly on the seventh cusp). With Pluto there, he was able to mesmerize people with his powerful presence, and - very graphically - he would strip away (Pluto) all superficiality and cut to the very core of his message. It was 'in your face, no frills, and no B.S' - exactly the Pluto modus operandi.

Saturn in the tenth house is always indicative of rising to a position of much authority and success in the world. Moreover, for Malcolm, having Scorpio on his mid-heaven or tenth house cusp meant nothing less than total commitment to the transformation (Scorpio) of society (tenth house).

His considerable communication skills are seen in the close conjunction of the Moon to Mercury. Moreover, his message was direct, down-to-earth, and uncomplicated, with the conjunction in earthy Taurus.

His fate may have been sealed by the fact that his Mars-Pluto conjunction, an indicator of violence, conjoins his seventh house. That violence would not be of his own doing. It would come at him from outside, from others (seventh house).

The overwhelming preponderance of the earth element in Malcolm's horoscope, with his Sun, Moon, Mercury, Jupiter and ascendant all there, reveals determination, practicality, loyalty and a 'results-oriented' approach to everything he did. His horoscope, in this observer's opinion, reveals the man as totally authentic.

Link: The Horoscope of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Link: The Life and Times of Muhammad Ali

Photos from wikimedia commons and photobucket.com

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author avatar Shamarie
3rd Feb 2015 (#)

Great article, Steve, and congrats on the star page! The Autobiography of Malcolm X is my favorite book. Thanks for sharing! I love the photos!!!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
3rd Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you Shamarie. I appreciate that.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Feb 2015 (#)

Fascinating read on the life of one who left his mark, believed in himself, and was not afraid to tread his path of conviction. Also the interpretation of his horoscope.

Inclusive society should be the logical way as majority will then accept and even appreciate the diversity within the whole. Thanks Steve - siva

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
4th Feb 2015 (#)

Inclusive is indeed the most logical way, but unfortunately many humans are less than logical. Thanks for commenting Siva.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
3rd Feb 2015 (#)

Great article on Malcolm X. I knew very little of him so I learned some things while reading this article. I loved the horoscope that you shared. I must say you have an insight to people that most do not have.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
3rd Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you Nancy. That's a great compliment and it's very much appreciated.

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author avatar M G Singh
3rd Feb 2015 (#)

One of your greatest post. This character has fascinated me for long and that fact that he was a product of the American system intrigues me.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
4th Feb 2015 (#)

Malocolm X had a way of speaking the unvarnished truth. Thanks for commenting Madan.

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author avatar Carol Roach
4th Feb 2015 (#)

timely for Black History Month. I have some articles of my own but I can't find them right now. When Yahoo Voices closed they took, down all our articles, except the ones that they commissioned us to write and gave us anywhere from 8 - 15 dollars each for them.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
4th Feb 2015 (#)

Yes, I wanted to do this and get it published during Black History Month.

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author avatar viewgreen
4th Feb 2015 (#)

Sure, I never know that Malcolm X was met Muhammad Ali. Great article and thank you for sharing this sir!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
4th Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you viewgreen.

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author avatar kaylar
4th Feb 2015 (#)

I have always felt that the 'Black Muslims' in America had nothing to do with real Islam and that when Malcolm went to Saudi and saw what Islam was, the actual faith, he realised he had been misled by Elija Muhammed, who was no better than a flim flam man.
Clearly, Malcolm would have taken a lot of the sensible followers from E.M. which is why he was killed.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
5th Feb 2015 (#)

That's correct. Thanks for commenting kaylar.

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author avatar AnnH
13th Feb 2015 (#)

Thanks Steve for sharing such an interesting post.....Malcom X was a great leader....

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
13th Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you Ann. I appreciate your comment.

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