While previously, the REO Motor Company hired primarily white workers, in the 1940s, the demand for labor increased due to the war. In his autobiography, Malcolm X recounted how previous to the war, REO did not hire black workers, but later began to…

When Malcolm X worked for Coral Gables in the 1940s, it had turned into a place for big bands to be showcased. It was called the “Coral Gables Ballroom” and it attracted well-known bands and musicians. At this time, it was the closest place to the…

In 1942, Malcolm X worked for Shaw’s Jewelry Store as a porter-messenger (http://brothermalcolm.net/mxtimeline.html)  He began work after coming home from Boston, and worked there for four months starting in November of 1942. [updated Aug 18, 2017 by…

Capitol Bedding is a family owned business from the Lansing area. Malcolm X worked there in 1945 upon his return to Michigan from Boston (http://brothermalcolm.net/mxtimeline.html). He made five dollars a day there.[update Aug 18, 2017 by John…

The Little family moved in to the subdivision of Westmont, Lansing Michigan in 1928 hoping to escape the harassment they were experiencing. Their Westmont home was located in a predominantly white neighborhood. Unfortunately racism followed the…

The Erickson Kiva is located near the center of campus of Michigan State University. Malcolm X was invited by the university’s NAACP chapter and the African Students Association and gave his speech “The Race Problem in America” on January 23rd,…

In 1939 Malcolm X attended West Junior High School in Lansing, Michigan. He attended West junior High School around the age of fourteen. Although West Junior High School is still standing it no longer serves the purpose of a high school. It now…

The strain of single-handedly providing for a family during the Great Depression was too much for Malcolm’s mother, Louise. Mentally, she could not handle the pressure of raising a black family in a predominately white community in the 30s, so she…

Malcolm enrolled in kindergarten at Pleasant Grove in the January of 1931. Malcolm and his family were the first to integrate into the all-white community of Lansing after moving to the area from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At the school, Malcolm and his…