Malcolm X is described as one of the greatest African-Americans. He was born as Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska to black parents. Assassinated at the young age of 39 years but had an impact much beyond his short life. Had a troubled childhood and youth and was in jail for some time.
He joined Nation of Islam after coming out of jail and became one of its leading members. He changed his name to Malcolm X where ‘X’ referred to his unknown ancestry. Later he was disillusioned with the teachings of Nation of Islam and converted to Sunni Islam. He was the spiritual guiding force behind legendary boxer Muhammad Ali.