After Malcolm's father's death, his mother who had to take care of eight children and endure threats from the
KKK, suffered a nervous breakdown. As a result, Malcolm and his siblings were taken by the welfare department.
Malcolm was later enrolled in a reform school and did very well grade wise. He was the best student in his class and
wanted to become a lawyer. When the school heads heard about this, they sent a person to talk to Malcolm. This
person told and convinced Malcolm that he was black and that he could never become a lawyer because of it. As a
result, he dropped out of after the eighth grade and moved to Boston, Massachusetts where he worked several
different jobs. Soon, Malcolm became associated in a gang and sold and used drugs, and was involved in many other
criminal activities. His gang "career" ended when he got into some trouble due to a bet with the gang leader. Since
the gang wanted Malcolm killed, Malcolm hid for a while. Soon, Malcolm decid!
ed to rob a house which he heard had a lot of valuables in it. Soon one night, he robbed the house, but was caught
later. Malcolm was charged with burglary and sent to prison for a maximum of eight years of which he se