The Malcolm X Homesite historical marker was erected in 1975 at 4705 Martin Luther King Boulevard, and was the first memorial for the public figure in Lansing. The only other that exists today is the Malcolm X street sign, put up in 2011 to rename three miles of Main street after a controversial debate. One half of the debate cited Malcolm X’s anti-Semitic views, which he was able to smooth out during his lifetime but have resurfaced after his death. On the other side of the debate, there was the decades old cry to memorialize a public leader in his hometown and establish some racial parity (Lansing City Pulse article). The problem they touted was that the Malcolm X Homesite Historical Marker was the only state-issued memorial of an international figure that spent the first sixteen years of his life in Lansing, and the city should be proud of that. Ahmmahad Shekarraki, Lansing city resident, said, “We have to recognize this man. Whether you like him or not is not important." (Lansing City Pulse article)
The street sign eventually went up, but the fight for this memorial is telling of the city of Lansing’s current ideology (Malcolm X Street Signs go up, March 2012). To only mark Malcolm’s third home in a city where he grew up, went to school, worked, and later preached, married, and spoke to students was an unjust representation of the amount of time he spent there, and the influence that he had on the city and the city had on him. The markers are two of only a small number erected for Malcolm in Michigan, though he also established a temple and lived in Detroit for some time with his siblings. His famous speech, “The Ballot or the Bullet,” was given in Dearborn, Michigan shortly before his death. The controversy over creating memorials for Malcolm is representative of the Michigan government that is still highly conservative to this day; its racial inequality standards during Malcolm’s time in Michigan encouraged him to advocate for breaking away from “white government,” and perhaps that’s why so few markers have been put up in his honor (Malcolm X's Legacy in Lansing).
Historian Jamon Jordan explains the death of Malcolm's father at the Historical Marker in Jan 2014:
Historian Jamon Jordan at the Historical Marker