Shabazz Completes Mecca to Lansing At Site of Her Grandfather's Murder

Oct 13, 2017

After addressing a standing-room only crowd at Michigan State University Thursday evening, the daughter of civil rights icon Malcolm X made a personal journey in Lansing Friday morning.


Ilyasah Shabazz is the author of “X: A Novel,” the subject of this year’s Great Michigan Read.  She spoke Thursday night in the same room at MSU her father did in 1963. 


On Friday, Shabazz laid a wreath at a simple wooden X at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Detroit Street...the site where her grandfather, the Reverend Earl Little, was murdered in 1931.


(Shabazz): “You know, it’s just a surreal moment to be here where our grandfather had his last breath.”


(Lavery):   “Have you been here before?”


(Shabazz):   “I’ve never been here.  I didn’t even know this was the location.  So, it makes my trip even more meaningful.”


Malcolm X suffered several other tragedies while growing up in Lansing. 


A white mob burned his family out of their first home when he was four years old.  His mother was later institutionalized, which divided her children among various foster homes.