Chronology of key moments in the life of Malcolm X.

May 19, 1925

Malcolm Little is born in Omaha, NE.

1929

The family’s Lansing, MI, home is burned to the ground.

1931

Malcolm’s father is found dead on the town’s trolley tracks.

1946

Malcolm is sentenced to 8-10 years for armed robbery; serves 6 years at Charlestown, MA State Prison.

1948 – 49

Converts to the Nation of Islam while in prison.

1953

Changes name from Malcolm Little to Malcolm X and becomes Assistant Minister of Nation of Islam’s Detroit Temple.

1954

Promoted to Minister of Nation of Islam’s New York Temple.

1958

Marries Sister Betty X in Lansing, Michigan.

1959

Travels to Middle East and Africa.

1963

Nation of Islam orders Malcolm X to be silent, allegedly because of remarks concerning President Kennedy’s assassination.

1964

March, 1964 Malcolm X leaves the Nation of Islam and starts his new organization, Muslim Mosque, Inc.

April, 1964 Travels to Middle East and Africa.

May, 1964 Starts the Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU), a secular political group.

1965

February 14, 1965 Malcolm X’s home is firebombed.

February 21, 1965 Malcolm X is assassinated as he begins speaking at the Audubon Ballroom, New York.