Malcolm Little was born in Omaha, Nebraska on May 19, 1925. Growing up for Malcolm was difficult because of his father's early death as well as constant harassment, which lead to their house being burnt to the ground. In 1946 Malcolm was sentenced to 8-10 years in prison for armed robbery. While in prison Malcolm converted to the Nation of Islam and later changed his name to Malcolm X and became the Assistant Minister of the Nation of Islam's Detroit Temple.
In 1963 the Nation of Islam orders Malcolm X to be silent concerning President Kennedy's assassination. This led him to start his own Organization, which was Muslim Mosque and also started the Organization of Afro-American Unity. Tensions between Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X grew because of his breakup with the Nation of Islam. Informants from the Nation of Islam stated Malcolm X had been marked for an assassination. .
By 1964, Malcolm X was an entirely different man then the one that was known in the 50's and early 60's. His change on the outlook on life has been said to be a blessing by some, and intolerable by others. In fact some know considered him a danger to their own movement and felt that forgiveness would not be found. He rejected their authority and organized a rival movement. All of this is what contributed to his horrible death, although the motivation behind his assignation was unjust it was said to be a case of "what comes around goes around". .
The date was February 21, 1965; Malcolm X was speaking in an OAAU rally in New York, NY. Three men by the names Talmadge Hayes, Norman 3X Butler and Thomas 15X Johnson shot Malcolm X 15 times at close range. Malcolm X was killed instantly, his brutal assignation left his belongings keep in his pocket mangled and ultimately destroy, just as its owner. These observers believe that the Nation of Islam leadership may have "ordered" the assassination of Malcolm X. Later two of the three assailants were proven to be members of the Nation of Islam.