National Register Lists Home Where Malcolm X Spent His Childhood and Formative Years

National Register Lists Malcolm X Childhood Home

Transforming the historic residence where Malcolm X spent his formative years into graduate student housing would provide an innovative model for sites across the country.

– The National Trust

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: – March 13, 2021, BOSTON, MA – The National Register listed the Malcolm X – Ella L. Little-Collins House at 72 Dale Street in Boston, Massachusetts, at the national and local level, in the areas of Social History, Ethnic Heritage: African American, Native American, Human Rights for its association with the life of preeminent 20th century, civil and human rights activist Malcolm (Little) X on February 12, 2021.

The Malcolm X – Ella L. Little-Collins House is the only existing house associated with Malcolm X’s childhood and formative years and the life of human rights activist and Malcolm’s sister, Ella Little-Collins.  Even in adulthood, Malcolm called 72 Dale Street his home. Revisiting his life at the House reveals the uniquely interwoven legacy between brother and sister. Big sister aside, Ella or Mrs. Little-Collins, as she was known in later years, was the major supportive influence throughout Malcolm’s life and the lead organizer in his ministry.  Her own life’s work improved educational opportunities for Black students beginning in Boston and New York, with the eventual proliferating of these programs nationally.

Malcolm professed, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” The embodiment of his message lives on through the House in its’ mission to provide a passport to the future and inspire current human rights activists to learn the legacy left by Malcolm X and Ella Little-Collins and teach that message to future generations. To fulfill this promise of the passport to the future, the House will actively provide financial support and housing to graduate students involved in community service and pursuing higher education goals in social justice, human rights, and environmental studies.

This education model identifies accepted candidates from around the world as Citizen Students and may extend the path for these students to earn their graduate degrees from the prestigious universities and colleges in the Boston area. The National Trust website says that “Transforming the historic residence where Malcolm X spent his formative years into graduate student housing would provide an innovative model for sites across the country.” 

The House at 72 Dale Street is currently under the ownership of the Rodnell P. Collins family. The historic House is one of the few nationally designated landmarks owned, operated, and maintained by a family. Preservation and restoration of this national heritage historical House requires $4.5 million for Phase I. To restore and preserve this national heritage landmark, the Rodnell Collins Family and the Malcolm X – Ella L. Little-Collins Family Foundation launched a capital campaign on March 9, 2021.

Rodnell Collins, Malcolm X’s nephew, and the son of Kenneth and Ella Little-Collins, eloquently expressed his thoughts on the meaning of this project to his family and our country by stating, “The preservation and restoration of this historic site would not only restore an important part of American history but transform an under-utilized structure into an active and vibrant part of the surrounding community.”

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About the Malcolm X – Ella L. Little-Collins House
The Malcolm X – Ella L. Little-Collins House is the only existing house associated with Malcolm X’s childhood and formative years and the life of human rights activist and Malcolm’s sister, Ella Little-Collins. The National Register listed the Malcolm X – Ella L. Little-Collins House at 72 Dale Street in Boston, Massachusetts, at the national and local level, in the areas of Social History, Ethnic Heritage: African American, Native American, Human Rights for its association with the life of preeminent 20th century, civil and human rights activist Malcolm (Little) X. The House at 72 Dale Street is under the ownership of the Rodnell P. Collins family. Mr. Collins is Malcolm’s nephew and the son of Kenneth and Ella Little-Collins.

About the Malcolm X – Ella L. Little-Collins Family Foundation
Learn the Legacy.  Teach the Future. The Malcolm X — Ella L. Little-Collins Foundation educates and empowers global citizens as champions of human rights and unveils the history of activism by preserving historical assets and stewardship of the environment. The non-profit foundation upholds the human rights legacy left by Malcolm X and Ella Little-Collins by inspiring today’s legacy to be tomorrow’s future through empowerment, social justice, and the advancement of human rights worldwide. For more information, visit www.malcolmx.foundation.

Education Is The Passport To The Future, For Tomorrow Belongs To Those Who Prepare For It Today.