As we celebrate the memory of Malcolm X today, we wanted to give you some quick facts about him if you don’t know too much but don’t want to read a whole bio. Hit the jump to find out some key facts about the man who was Malcolm X.


Birth name: Malcolm Little
Nickname: (early years) Detroit Red, Big Red
Name change: Malcolm X; El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

Birth date: May 19, 1925
Birth place: University Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska

Death date: February 21, 1965
Death place: The Audubon Ballroom in New York
Burial location: Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York

Parents: Earl Little and Louise (Norton) Little
Siblings: (in order of birth) Ella, Earl and Mary (half-siblings from Earl’s previous marriage); Wilfred, Hilda, Philbert, Reginald and Yvonne
Married: Betty (Sanders) X; on January 14, 1958
Children: Attallah, Qubilah, Ilyasah, Gamilah, Malaak and Malikah

Hair color: Reddish brown
Eye color: Brown
Elementary school: Pleasant Grove Elementary School in East Lansing, Michigan

Occupation: Civil rights activist
Nationality: American
Religion: Islam
Famous tagline/quote: “By any means necessary.”