The opening scene of the 1992 Malcolm X film, based on the book "The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley".
Malcolm is portrayed by Denzel Washington. The man getting his shoes shined and who gives Malcolm a conk at the barber shop is Malcolm's close friend, Shorty (played by Spike Lee - also the director of the film). Note that this scene was not actually filmed in Roxbury and that is not the real Dudley Street Station.
"I didn't know the world contained as many Negroes as I saw thronging downtown Roxbury at night, especially on Saturdays." – Malcolm X
MALCOLM'S LIFE IN BOSTON:
Malcolm Little was born in 1925. By the early 1940s, Malcolm had moved to live with his half-sister Ella Little-Collins at 72 Dale Street in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts.
During his time in Boston, Malcolm worked various jobs including at the Roseland State Ballroom, as a soda jerk at the Townsend Drug Store on Humboldt Avenue in Roxbury, as a busboy at the Parker House in Downtown, and as a packer for the Sears, Roebuck and Company at the former warehouse building located at Landmark Center.
In 1943, Malcolm began working as a Pullman Porter for the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad on trains originating out of South Station. The job on the railroad introduced Malcolm to Harlem, New York. Malcolm found Harlem more glamorous than Roxbury and began hustling there. Malcolm later returned to Boston and began a string of robberies and burglaries, but was caught and sentenced to prison in 1946.
One of the jails that Malcolm served time in was the Charlestown State Prison, which is the present location of Bunker Hill Community College. Malcolm also spent time at the Concord Reformatory and the Massachusetts Correctional Institution in Norfolk. During his time in the Norfolk prison, Malcolm read many books, copied an entire dictionary and began following the teachings of Elijah Muhammad.
Malcolm was transferred back to the Charlestown State Prison for his last year in jail. In August 1952, Malcolm was released on parole.
Embracing the cause of black empowerment, Malcolm joined the Nation of Islam, changed his name to Malcolm X, adopted the name El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, and spread the teachings of Elijah Muhammad.
Malcolm X was one of the most influential African-Americans of his era.
In the early 1990s, New Dudley Street was laid out. Prior to this, all MBTA buses had to go via John Eliot Square. In May 1998, New Dudley Street was renamed Malcolm X Boulevard.
A mural entitled "Faces of Dudley" can be found at the intersection of Malcolm X Boulevard & Dudley Street and Washington Street. The mural features illustrations from this particular scene of the movie.
The Malcolm X House is located at 72 Dale Street in Roxbury. To get there, ride bus route 44 to Humboldt Avenue at Walnut Avenue. Other nearby bus routes include the 42 on Washington Street and numerous buses on Warren Street. The house is private property.
MORE SCENES FROM THE FILM ON YOUTUBE:
Full Movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FtH94TiL0I
"I Charge the White Man":
Childhood and Family:
Roseland Swing Dancing in Boston:
Meeting Gangsters in Harlem:
Hustling and Numbers Game in Harlem:
Being Chased by Gangsters in Harlem:
Planning to Break into Houses in Boston & Russian Roulette:
"Red, the Jig is Up":
"Out of the Prison of Your Mind":
Reading the Dictionary in Jail:
Malcolm Gives a Speech in Harlem:
The Slave Mind:
The House Negro and the Field Negro:
Speech on Elijah Muhammad:
"One Hand Washes the Other":
Malcolm X's House is Burned & Childhood Flashback of the Murder of Malcolm's Father:
"A Change is Gonna Come":
Assassination of Malcolm X:
EL-HAJJ MALIK EL-SHABAZZ
May 19, 1925 - February 21, 1965