Happy Birthday Malcolm X!

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“The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the black woman.”

On this day (May 19) a powerful figure in not only black history, but American history was born.

Today we commemorate an honorable man known as Malcolm X. Born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska, X evolved into a historical figure that was relentless in the manner of which he spoke. After imprisonment, X joined the Nation of Islam following behind as a protégé of the honorable Elijah Muhammad. X spoke diligently during his speeches making it a point to fight for the rights of African-American civilians. Although his tactics were aggressive, he was passionate about making a difference.

Malcolm X’s life was taken away in the form of assassination at the tender age of 39 in Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom on February 21, 1965. Though he intentions were sometimes pure, with success comes enemies. Despite his controversy, he made groundbreaking changes in politics and the culture in general.

Malcolm X would’ve been 92 years old. Today we not only honor the life and legacy of Malcolm X, but we express extreme gratitude for the differences he made in the lives of minorities. By any means necessary.