He and the Nation of Islam were described as hatemongers, black supremacists, racists, violence-seekers, segregationists, and a threat to improved race relations. One of the goals of the civil rights movement was to end disenfranchisement of African Americans, but the Nation of Islam forbade its members from participating in voting and other aspects of the political process.and said he did not know why so many black people were excited about a demonstration "run by whites in front of a statue of a president who has been dead for a hundred years and who didn't like us when he was alive".Earl was an outspoken Baptist lay speaker, and he and Louise were admirers of Pan-African activist Marcus Garvey.Earl was local leader of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) and Louise served as secretary and "branch reporter", sending news of local UNIA activities to Negro World; they inculcated self-reliance and black pride in their children.The children were separated and sent to foster homes.Malcolm and his siblings secured her release 24 years later.), was an African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist.
Rumors that white racists were responsible for his father's death were widely circulated, and were very disturbing to Malcolm X as a child.
By March 1964, Malcolm X had grown disillusioned with the Nation of Islam and its leader Elijah Muhammad.