Lance Shabazz

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Blood, Sweat & Tears (includes shipping)

Lance Shabazz's life was the Nation of Islam. This book journey’s over fifty
 personal years traveling thousands of miles and many dozens of interviews
 culminating my Decision to walk away from it all. I realized my beliefs and
 principles gained as a follower of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad is
 rejected, altered, modified and the last trick our messenger warned us all to
 stay away from what today’s so-called followers accept. Lip profession
 counts for naught unless carried into practice. I therefore share some of my
 history for the family and students of the Nation of Islam.

Malcolm X

Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. His mother, Louise Norton Little, was a homemaker occupied with the family's eight children. His father, Earl Little, was an outspoken Baptist minister and avid supporter of Black Nationalist leader Marcus Garvey. Earl's civil rights activism prompted death threats from the white supremacist organization Black Legion, forcing the family to relocate twice before Malcolm's fourth birthday.

"When my mother was pregnant with me, she told me later, a party of hooded Klu Klux Klan riders galloped up to our home... Brandishing their shotguns and rifles, they shouted for my father to come out."

Regardless of the Little's efforts to elude the Legion, in 1929 their Lansing, Michigan home was burned to the ground. Two years later, Earl's body was found lying across the town's trolley tracks. Police ruled both incidents as accidents, but the Little's were certain that members of the Black Legion were responsible. Louise suffered emotional breakdown several years after the death of her husband and was committed to a mental institution. Her children were split up amongst various foster homes and orphanages.

Growing up, Malcolm X was a smart, focused student. He graduated from junior high at the top of his class. However, when a favorite teacher told Malcolm his dream of becoming a lawyer was "no realistic goal for a nigger," Malcolm lost interest in school. He dropped out and spent time in Boston, Massachusetts working various odd jobs. He later traveled to Harlem, New York where he committed petty crimes. By 1942, Malcolm was coordinating various narcotics, prostitution and gambling rings.

"...Early in life, I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise."

Eventually Malcolm and his buddy, Malcolm "Shorty" Jarvis, moved back to Boston. In 1946, they were arrested and convicted on burglary charges, and Malcolm was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was paroled after serving seven years. Recalling his days in school, he used the time to further his education. It was during this period of self-enlightenment that Malcolm's brother Reginald would visit and discuss his recent conversion to the Muslim religion. Reginald belonged to the religious organization the Nation of Islam (NOI).

Intrigued, Malcolm began to study the teachings of NOI leader Elijah Muhammad. Muhammad taught that white society actively worked to keep African-Americans from empowering themselves and achieving political, economic and social success. Among other goals, the NOI fought for a state of their own, separate from one inhabited by white people. By the time he was paroled in 1952, Malcolm was a devoted follower with the new surname "X." He considered "Little" a slave name and chose the "X" to signify his lost tribal name.  

Malcolm X vs. The Nation of Islam was produced by The Lance Shabazz Show. This 3-set DVD series captures, for the first time, the truth from a member inside the Nation of Islam with exclusive interviews from NOI officials.

Clip link: for interview on Malcolm X vs. the Nation of Islam:

http://blip.tv/highlights-please/lance-shabazz-malcolm-x-vs-the-nation-of-islam-the-naked-truth-5017997

May 19, 1925 Malcolm Little is born in Omaha, NE.

1929 The family's Lansing, MI, home is burned to the ground.

1931 Malcolm's father is found dead on the town's trolley tracks.

1946 Malcolm is sentenced to 8-10 years for armed robbery; serves 6 years at Charlestown, MA State Prison.

1948-49 Converts to the Nation of Islam while in prison.

1953 Changes name from Malcolm Little to Malcolm X and becomes Assistant Minister of Nation of Islam's Detroit Temple.

1954 Promoted to Minister of Nation of Islam's New York Temple.

1958 Marries Sister Betty X in Lansing, Michigan.

1959 Travels to Middle East and Africa.

1963 Nation of Islam discipline Malcolm X for failure to follow a direct order and remarks concerning President Kennedy's assassination.

March, 1964 Malcolm X leaves the Nation of Islam and starts his new organization, Muslim Mosque, Inc.

April, 1964 Travels to Middle East and Africa.

May, 1964 Starts the Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU), a secular political group.

February 14, 1965 Malcolm X's home is firebombed.

February 21, 1965 Malcolm X is assassinated as he begins speaking at the Audubon Ballroom, New York.