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Assassination of Malcolm X by Gracie K

The Assassination of Malcolm XFebruary 21, 1965By: Gracie K.

Click on the newspaper article to read full text of the article.New York TimesFebruary 22, 1965

What?,When?, and How?On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was on stage about to speak at a rally at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem when 3 members of the Nation of Islam shot him.

Who? and Why?Malcolm X was a militant black leader in the Nation of Isalm. The Nation of Islam is a religious movement started in 1930 with the goals of improving the spiritual, mental, social, and economic condition of African Americans. He left the NOI in March 1964, afterwards he received many death threats.

The three men convicted of the shooting of Malcolm X were Thomas Hagan, Muhammah Abdul Aziz, and Kahil Islam in 1966.All three were sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. Aziz and Islam were freed in 1985 and 1987 after Thomas Hagan testified that they were innocent. Hagan was released from prison in 2010.

The Audubon Ballroom Stage after the shooting.Click on the photo to see a photograph of the restored ballroom today.Photograph from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_X

Present Day InfluencesToday Malcolm X remains a symbol of inspiration for many people who are inspired by his transformation from a convict to an important leader in the civil rights movement.

Resources:Drash, Wayne. "Malcolm X Killer Freed After 44 Years." CNN. CNN, 28 Apr. 2010. Web. 15 Oct. 2013. <http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/04/26/malcolmx.killer/index.html>. Jones, Theodore. "On This Day." The New York Times Learning Network. The New York Times, n.d. Web. 15 Oct. 2013. <http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0221.html>. "On This Day: Malcolm X Assassinated." Finding Dulcinea. N.p., 21 Feb. 2011. Web. 15 Oct. 2013. <http://www.findingdulcinea.com/news/on-this-day/Feb/On-this-Day--Malcolm-X-Was-Shot-Dead.html>.

Nearly 2,000 people attended the funeral of Malcolm X on February 27, 1965 at the Faith Temple Church of God In Christ in Harlem.

Photograph from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_X


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