Malcom X was not born by the River, but instead moved from home to burning home.
Parent fought, father was killed (possible and probable)
Insurance company balked at paying the life insurance during the Depression era.
His family lived in poverty, and his mother went crazy.
"Later on in life, if I were continuously losing in any gambling situation, I would watch very closely. It's like the Negro in America seeing the white man win all the time. He's a professional gambler; he has all the cards and the odds stacked on his side, and he has always dealt to our people from the bottom of the deck."
"All I had done was improve on their strategy, and it was the beginning of a very important lesson in life-- that anytime you find someone more successful than you are, especially when you're both engaged in the same business-- you know they're doing something that you aren't."