The Assassination of Malcolm X

The late Malcolm X (1925-1965) was an African-American Muslim priest and human rights lobbyist. To his admirers he was a brave promoter for the privileges of blacks, a man who arraigned white America in the harshest terms for its wrongdoings against dark Americans; spoilers blamed him for lecturing prejudice and brutality. He has been called one of the best and most powerful African Americans ever.

Malcolm X (image courtesy of emaze.com)

Throughout 1964, as his conflict with the Nation of Islam intensified, Malcolm X was repeatedly threatened. If you are questioning why the conflict arise with the same islamic believers, it was because his personal conflict with Elijah Muhammad, the leader of Nation of Islam. On February 19, 1965, Malcolm X told questioner Gordon Parks that the Nation of Islam was currently attempting to execute him. On February 21, 1965, he was planning to address the Organization of Afro-American Unity in Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom when somebody in the 400-man gathering of people shouted, “Nigger! Get your hand outta my pocket!” As Malcolm X and his protectors attempted to suppress the disturbance, a man surged forward and shot him once in the chest with a sawed-off shotgun and two other men charged the stage shooting self-loader handguns. Malcolm X was articulated dead at 3:30 pm, not long after touching base at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. The post-mortem examination recognised 21 discharge wounds to the chest, left shoulder, arms and legs, including ten buckshot wounds from the underlying shotgun blast.

Malcolm X, where a lot of his speech inspire many peoples in America, brutally killed by fanatics of Nation of Islam, just one week after his house was firebombed. He is credited with raising the self-esteem of black Americans and reconnecting them with their African heritage. He is largely responsible for the spread of Islam in the black community in the United States.

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