Louise Little

  • Grenada
  • Civil RIghts, Human Rights

Louise Little was a trailblazing activist and an important figure in the American Civil Rights Movement, and the mother of Malcolm X. Born in Grenada, she moved to the United States in the early 1920s, where she became involved in social and political activism. Louise was a member of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), a black nationalist organization founded by Marcus Garvey that aimed to promote black pride and self-reliance. She actively advocated for the rights of black people in the United States and worked to challenge the systemic oppression and racism that pervaded society at the time. Despite facing significant challenges and adversity, including the murder of her husband, Louise remained dedicated to her activism and continued to fight for justice and equality.

One of Louise’s most significant contributions was the strong sense of pride she instilled in her children about their African heritage. She taught them to embrace their identity and to be proud of their blackness, despite living in a society that often denigrated and discriminated against black people. Her teachings played a significant role in shaping Malcolm X’s worldview and his approach to advocating for black empowerment and civil rights. He later credited his mother with giving him a strong foundation of self-respect and self-esteem, which he built upon as he became a prominent leader in the Civil Rights Movement. Louise’s legacy as an activist and a proud black woman live on today, inspiring generations of activists and advocates who continue to fight for social justice and equality.

In addition to her activism, Louise faced significant personal challenges throughout her life. She was committed to a mental institution for several years, where she endured inhumane treatment and abuse. Despite these challenges, Louise remained committed to her beliefs and continued to fight for justice and equality for black people. Her resilience and dedication to the cause of social justice continue to inspire people around the world today. Louise Little was a true trailblazer and a hero of the Civil Rights Movement, and her legacy will continue to inspire generations of activists and advocates for years to come.


  • Population
  • Capital
    St. George’s
  • GDP (PPP)
  • February 7, 1974
  • Total Area
    348.5 km2 (203rd)
  • Demonym
  • Government
    Parliamentary democracy under constitutional monarchy


Inspired by a line from Steven Jones, Sr.'s eulogy, "Eyes that displayed the definiteness of purpose in her character."

  • Illustration by
    Jonee Kreuz