Introducing the Malcolm X – Ella Little-Collins House

August 1, 2012 by Alicia Leuba

I’m Alicia Leuba, field director of the National Trust's Boston Office and project manager for our work on the Malcolm X-Ella Little-Collins House in Roxbury, MA. I will be providing regular updates as we work to revitalize the house as a nationally-recognized site associated with the life of Malcolm X and his family.

As a young adult, Malcolm lived with his older sister, Ella, and her husband in the modest Roxbury house, and often returned to it during his influential but brief lifetime. It was in Roxbury where Malcolm came of age, pushed the limits of the law, and where he was first introduced to Islamic thought.

We are delighted to be partnering with Historic Boston, Inc., a strong and innovative local preservation organization, to help bring national attention and awareness to the effort to preserve this important place. We kicked off the project with an energizing event and press conference in June, announcing that the Malcolm X- Ella Little-Collins House had been named to the National Trust’s annual list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Attended by over 150 people and school children, the event served as an opportunity to educate and engage the community about the significance of the house and the plans for its future.

If you want to read more about the history of the Malcolm X- Ella Little-Collins House, download this excellent study by the Boston Landmarks Commission.

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