Born as Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska, Malcolm X's early life was far from comfortable. The son of a passionate Baptist minister that supported well-known Black Pride figures, his family was a constant target of local racist groups. After moving to a small town in Michigan to escape threats against his family, Malcolm saw his father assaulted and killed by a moving car in his new town
The family's insurance company refused to compensate the family for his death, forcing the Little family into poverty. Malcolm's mother, Louise Norton, rented space in the family's home for a tiny source of income, while the boys took turns hunting local animals for food. After his mother had a nervous breakdown, the family was split up, the Malcolm moving to Boston to live with his sister.
Malcolm X's early life and ambition were driven to extremes by an event that occurred during his high school education. Aspiring to become a lawyer, he shared his dream with the class, only to be shot down by his teacher, who claimed that a 'nigger' couldn't possible become a lawyer. Just a few weeks later, Malcolm left the school and started one of the most prolific self educations in history.