Malcolm X

Malcolm X in 1964, by Marion S. Trikosko, U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection, Library of Congress, Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsc-01274

Birth Name: Malcolm Little

Date of Birth: May 19, 1925

Place of Birth: Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.

Date of Death: February 21, 1965

Place of Death: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

*father – African-American
*mother – African-Grenadian, possibly English or Scottish

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, and was a Baptist lay speaker. Malcolm’s father was said to have been murdered by racists. 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 joined the Nation of Islam while in prison. He was later the Nation’s spokesman, before converting to Sunni Islam. He made a pilgrimage to Mecca, which changed his views on race relations.

Malcolm was assassinated by members of the Nation of Islam almost one year after his departure from the Nation, in 1965.

Malcolm was married to educator and civil rights activist Betty Shabazz, until his death. The couple had six children.

Malcolm’s paternal grandfather was named John Little (the son of Tony and Clarrie). John was born in Georgia. Tony was sold as a youth to the Little family. Tony’s father, Ajar, was brought from West Africa as a slave.

Malcolm’s paternal grandmother was named Ella Gray. Ella was born in Georgia.

Malcolm’s maternal grandfather was said to have the surname Norton.

Malcolm’s maternal grandmother was named Gertrude Langdon (the daughter of Jupiter Langdon and Mary Jane). Gertrude was born in Grenada.

Sources: Genealogies of Malcolm X –


Curious about ethnicity

15 Responses

  1. sadie says:

    He is just black and a racist!

    • littleman says:

      You got something agains african people.

    • fuzzybear44 says:

      He was not a racist, nor did he think black people were better than white(especially towards the end of his life). He had a Strong resentment towards whites. Which was completely normal, seeing how white people were very cruel towards Black people in his generation and all the earlier generations(and in many cases now) .He was also for black people standing up for themselves, and unifying and not depending on white people

  2. Jasmine says:

    My dads the same way,it’s really funny how some of the most lightest blacks are the most pro black people ever. I know he had white in him but yeah you know what I mean.

    • 411 says:


      Not on this site,you call someone black on this site,and they are ready to fight

    • fuzzybear44 says:

      That’s because in most cases that I know of, those really light skin people see themselves as black period. Most people thought my Father was white, but that would be the last thing he would ever call himself. My Aunts (my father sisters), look like a bunch of old white women, but don’t call them that(unless you want trouble). My other aunts, my sister in-laws, their kids, my sisters, all high toned but see themselves simply as black people

  3. Zac says:

    I thought I read somewhere that the caucasian bit he had was Scottish.

  4. ethnic says:

    Blake Griffin who is half Black also has reddish hair.

  5. clart kent says:

    did not know he had reddish hair. very interesting.

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