A-Z: General definitions: Malcolm X


Malcolm Little, more famously known as Malcolm X, an alias that symbolised a complete rejection of white society. Malcolm X argued that as a descendant of slaves captured in Africa, his real surname had been lost and replaced by the surname given to his family by the slave owners. As a symbol of protest he refused to use or recognise his 'slave name' and called himself X instead. Member of the black radical Nation of Islam organisation.


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