Today In History: Malcolm X Assassinated

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imagesOn 21 February 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated before he was about to deliver a speech about his new organisation called the Organisation of Afro-American Unity. 

Malcolm X, born May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska as Malcolm Little and also known as El_Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, at a Queens, New York court, 1964.

The charismatic, but controversial black militant leader, converted to the black muslim religious movement, the Nation of Islam, which preached black self-reliance and a return of the African diaspora to Africa, while in prison. He repudiated the movement and embraced Sunni Islam in 1964. He continued to embrace Pan-Africanism, black self-defense and black self-determination, but disavowed racism.

Almost a year later, he was assassinated at the age of 39 by three members of the Nation of Islam.

These rare photos and government documents chronicle the assassination of Malcolm X on February 21,1965. http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/the-assassination-of-malcolm-x-50-years/

More on Malcolm X.

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2 Comments on "Today In History: Malcolm X Assassinated"

  1. A GREAT LOSS. HIS MESSAGE RINGS TRUE EVEN TO THIS DAY. BUT WE SHALL SOLDIER ON!

    • Pinky Khoabane | February 21, 2017 at 2:37 pm | Reply

      Indeed. He remains an inspiration till today.

      Some of his messages remain profound.

      “There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time.”

      “A race of people is like an individual man; until it uses its own talent, takes pride in its own history, expresses its own culture, affirms its own selfhood, it can never fulfill itself.”

      You’ve inspired me to find his quotes and post because indeed as you say they ring true today.

      Thanks you.

      PK

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