Malcolm in Lansing

This tour highlights places that were pivotal to Malcolm and how he was able to develop into the person he became. The places below show how Malcolm was treated in Lansing. Incorporates Lansing and how Malcolm living in how Malcolm would later on form into a leader who would later leave a remarkable legacy and also become a martyr.
It incorporates how Malcolm living in Lansing would later on shape him to be the leader he became. His life in Lansing led him to leave a remarkable legacy behind as a martyr.

Malcolm's First Lansing House

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…

Malcolm's Third Lansing Home

 Malcolm X moved to 4705 Logan Street (now Martin Luther King Boulevard) in 1930. Malcolm’s father, Earl Little, built the house for his family when they got tired of the racial segregation of East Lansing, and it was the Little family’s third house…

Gohanna's House

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…

Mason High School

Although brief, the two years Malcolm Little spent at Mason High School were extremely influential to his perspective on race relations as his experience, especially his multiple confrontations with white supremacy, shaped his convictions and…

West Junior High School

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…

Lyons' Home

In 1940, Malcolm left the Swerlin's State Detention Home to live with the Lyons family, who had children attending Mason High School with Malcolm. The Lyons were the only African American family in Mason, and Mr. Lyons was very respected. Living…

The Swerlins and Michigan State Detention Home

Malcolm X was sent to a Detention Home in 1939, in Mason, Michigan after he was expelled from his middle school, West Junior High School, because he put a thumbtack on his teacher’s chair. The detention home was run by a couple, Mr. and Mrs. Swerlin.…