Birth Name: Malcolm Little
Date of Birth: May 19, 1925
Place of Birth: Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A
Date of Death: February 21, 1965
Place of Death: New York City, New York
*Afro-Grenadian, possibly English or Scottish (mother)
Malcolm X, also known as Malcolm Little and el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, was an American Muslim minister and human rights activist.
Malcolm was the son of Louise Helen (Norton) and Earl Little.
Malcolm’s father was an African-American, from Reynolds, Georgia. Malcolm’s mother was born in La Digue, St. Andrew, Grenada, to a black mother. It is said that Malcolm’s maternal grandfather was white (of English or Scottish descent), although he was not married to Malcolm’s maternal grandmother. This is said to be the reason why Malcolm had reddish hair.
Malcolm was a spokesman for the Nation of Islam. He left the Nation of Islam and converted to Sunni Islam. He then made a pilgrimage to Mecca, which changed his view on race relations. He was assassinated by members of the Nation of Islam almost one year after his departure from the Nation, in 1965.
Malcolm’s paternal grandparents were John Little (the son of Tony and Clarrie) and Ella Gray. Tony was sold as a youth to the “Little” family. Tony’s father, Ajar, was brought from West Africa as a slave.
Malcolm’s maternal grandfather was said to have the surname “Norton”.
Malcolm’s maternal grandmother was Gertrude Langdon (the daughter of Jupiter Langdon and Mary Jane).
Source: Genealogy of Malcolm X – http://www.wargs.com