In 1946, at age twenty, he went to prison for larceny and breaking and entering.
While in prison, he became a member of the Nation of Islam (NOI), changing his birth name Malcolm Little to Malcolm... After his parole in 1952 he quickly rose to become one of the organization's most influential leaders, serving as the public face of the controversial group for a dozen years.
By March 1964, Malcolm X had grown disillusioned with the Nation of Islam and its leader Elijah Muhammad.
Expressing many regrets about his time with them, which he had come to regard as largely wasted, he embraced Sunni Islam.
In late 1938 she had a nervous breakdown and was committed to Kalamazoo State Hospital.