Malcolm Little, Black rights activist and formerly a Private in the US Army, photographed in 1957.
Little rose to prominence when he was in the Army during the Second Great War, when he, in a moment famous in US history, first raised the US flag over the ruins of the Confederate Congress building following the Battle of Richmond, with his famous declaration of "Reduce This!" as he impaled the US flag through the fallen Freedom Party banner becoming a rallying cry for Black Rights activists following the revelation of the full scale of the Freedom Party's atrocities. In the aftermath of the War, as the re-integration of the South began and race relations became an unavoidable issue, Little used his famous status in a series of powerful speeches in communities across the north, Culminating in a famous speech before the newly-built "Roosevelt Column" in Washington DC, where, in his famous "I Have Faith" speech, he called upon the leaders of the USA to "Live up to the Truths that are Self-Evident, that ALL MEN are created Equal."
Arguing for equality and integration rather than Black supremacy as other, more radical speakers had been since before the war, Little was a controversial figure in both white and black political circles. His rhetoric and attitude made him a target of white supremacists in both the north and the south, and several attempts were made on his life during the course of his time as a speaker. The last of these, in 1968, would be successful, as several Freedom Party Guards veterans would ambush Little and an entourage of followers outside their hotel in Memphis. Shot three times in the chest, Little would die the following morning, where the Coroner would famously proclaim "you people, Behold a Martyr."
His funeral in his home city of Omaha, Nebraska, was attended by over 15,000 people, among them Retired General Irving Morrell, then-General of the Army Micheal Pound and, to the surprise of many, former CSA intelligence chief Clarence Potter.