Malcolm X was assassinated on this day in 1965


Black Muslim leader Malcolm X poses during an interview in New York on March 5, 1964. (AP Photo/Eddie Adams)
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Malcolm X, the prominent civil rights leader, was assassinated on February 21, 1965, at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. He was 39 years old.

Malcolm X was at the ballroom to address the Organization of Afro-American Unity, a group he had founded after leaving the Nation of Islam. As he began to speak, several men rushed the stage and opened fire on him with gunshots. Many suspected that the Nation of Islam, from which Malcolm X had broken away, was behind the assassination, though the true motives and culprits remain a matter of debate to this day.

Malcolm X’s legacy as a passionate advocate for black liberation and a forceful critic of American racism has endured in the decades since his death. He continues to be an inspiration to many who seek to challenge systemic oppression and fight for equality and justice.

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