Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska
May 18, 2011 | Source: Monroe Gallery of Photography
Gordon Parks: Malcolm X Addressing Black Muslim Rally in Chicago, 1963
"May 19th is the date one of the most influential and greatest African Americans in history was born, El Haaj Malik El-Shabazz, known to us as Malcolm X.
Today marks what would be the civil rights activist's 86th birthday. He was many things to many people, but he was nothing short of legendary. He is credited with pushing for democracy in modern Black America, spreading Islam in black communities and boosting the morale of African Americans.
He once said he wanted 'to bring about the complete independence of people of African descent here in the western hemisphere...and bring about the freedom of these people by any means necessary.'"
-- The Oficial Malcolm X Website
Bob Gomel: Black Muslim leader Malcolm X photographing Cassius Clay, Miami, 1964