In these interview excerpts, family and friends remember Malcolm X. His brothers describe the young Malcolm Little growing up in Lansing; two Harlem activists reflect on the electricity Malcolm X generated within their community; and an award-winning author describes working with the civil rights leader in co-authoring his autobiography.
Footage courtesy of Washington University Film & Media Archive, The Henry Hampton Collection.
Biographies and Topics
Malcolm X's eldest brother Wilfred Little (also Wilfred X) was also a member of the Nation of Islam. He was a teacher and community activist in Detroit.
Ossie Davis was an actor, playwright, director, and civil rights activist. He gave eulogies for both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., who both looked to him for friendship and support.
Sonia Sanchez is a poet, playwright, teacher, and activist. As a young person she was an integrationist and followed the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. When she heard Malcolm X, she became a supporter of his message of black pride and separatism. In 1971 she became a member of the Nation of Islam, but left the group in 1976.