Inkster —A group of Inkster residents interested in restoring a home where Malcolm X once lived into a historic landmark addressed City Council members at a meeting Monday night, but not how they'd hoped.
Aaron Sims, founder of the nonprofit Project: We Hope, Dream and Believe, said he will make sure his proposal to transform the fire-damaged, vacant house where the political activist lived is added to the Nov. 4 council agenda.
On Monday, the council gave him only three minutes to explain his plan to seek the city’s approval to donate the house for the project.
“There is so much noise on what's going to happen to the house now, so for (the council) to say yes I think would be a win-win,” Sims said. “For them to say no, would be a slap in the face to the city’s history.”
Rep. David Knezek, a Democrat whose district represents Inkster, voiced his support for the project. Councilman Michael Canty told the group, “work toward getting the funds.”
Sims said the group hasn’t yet received an estimate for restoring the home at 4336 Williams St.
On Oct. 11, Sims organize an effort to clean up the property. More than 50 people responded, including several young people.
Sims led a similar cleanup effort in July.
FBI records show Malcolm X, beginning in 1952, lived on Williams Street with his brother and worked at the Cut Rate Department Store in Inkster.
After converting to Islam while in prison for larceny, he is widely credited for the spread of the religion among African-Americans.
He was gunned down in New York in 1965.