Malcolm Little would become Malcolm X. Malcolm X would become el-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. He was a symbol of growth and strength and understanding, and he was martyred on this day in 1965.
From the archives:
“It’s difficult to change our beliefs and behaviors. Hell, it’s hard to stop smoking or to lose ten pounds. And so when I see someone who can fundamentally change themselves, I have to take notice. When they fundamentally change themselves twice, it’s almost miraculous. The fact that one of the most politically divisive figures of the 20th century was one of the few to be able to accomplish this makes it even more interesting.”