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Malcolm X – Ella Little-Collins House Announcement Wed. June 6

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Malcolm X – Ella Little-Collins House
72 Dale Street Roxbury, MA 02119
Wednesday June 6, 2012
from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT


Malcolm Little’s Roxbury

Malcolm Little came to Boston as a teenager in the early 1940s to live with his sister Ella Little-Collins and her husband Kenneth.

He described Roxbury in the 1964 Autobiography of Malcolm X, co-authored by Alex Haley:
“I didn’t know the world contained as many Negroes as I saw thronging downtown Roxbury at night, especially on Saturdays. Neon lights, nightclubs, poolhalls,[cq] bars, the cars they drove! Restaurants made the streets smell-rich, greasy, down-home black cooking. Jukeboxes blared Erskine Hawkins, Duke Ellington, Cootie Williams, dozens of others.”
While in Boston, Malcolm held several menial jobs before becoming a street hustler and landing in jail for five years during which he read voraciously and proved to be a talented debater.
More significantly, it was in this period that Malcolm
converted to the Muslim religious organization the Nation of Islam and, upon his release, rose quickly in the Nation’s leadership.

The Malcolm X – Ella Little-Collins House, built in 1874, is the last known surviving residence of the young Malcolm Little and the family of his older sister, Ella Little-Collins.
HBI has partnered with Collins’ son, Rodnell, to rehabilitate the home and develop living quarters for area graduate students studying African-American history, social justice or human rights.We hope to see you for this “Special Announcement” at the Malcolm X – Ella Little Collins House on June 6th.

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