History in La Digue

For so many years, most Grenadians, are not aware, that one of the most prominent persons within the civil rights movement in the United State is  Malcolm X and his mother came from the village of La Digue in St. Andrew, Grenada.

In 1918, the mother of Malcolm  X, Louise Langdon left the little village of La Digue and went to Canada to visit her uncle, where she spent some time. She then went to the US  in the same year where she  met her future husband, and who became the father of Malcolm X. The lady from La Digue gave birth to another three children.

The father was later killed when he was run over by a truck. He was coming home from work, and along the way realised that he had to go back to fetch his winter coat which he forgot at the work place. This was in the year 1939.

Louise then had to take care of her four young children including little Malcolm X. Louise was born in 1900 to a Scottish planter name Northon, who had a plantation in the same village of La Digue.

She became a naturalized citizen of the US in 1922 and young Malcolm X had been inculcated by the high level of inequalities, against black Americans. He developed a strong desire to champion the civil rights movement in the United States.

In the 1940s and 50s, he became very passionate about the Islam of Nation religion which later led to the radicalizing of many Blacks. Malcolm X was assassinated in 1965.  His mother died in 1996 after living a full life.

All power and glory to the Langdon and Northorn families, and the wonderful people of La Digue for producing the mother of Malcolm X.

 Kennedy Jawahir

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