Malcolm X was born in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to Lansing, Michigan with his family after his father received threats from the Ku Klux Klan. His father was killed by another group similar to the KKK, and Malcolm was placed in a foster home. In his teen years, Malcolm entered a life of crime. He became a follower of the Black Muslims and after being released from prison, he became the minister of a Temple in Harlem, New York. He preached for civil rights, which was not agreed with by all, and eventually Malcolm left the Black Muslims in 1964. He traveled and caught onto the idea of equality among races, which was preached by orthodox Muslims. In June 1964, he founded the Organization of Afro-American Unity. He was assassinated by a Black Muslim at a rally of his organization in New York on February 21, 1965.