On this day in 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated while preparing to address a crowd at the Audubon Ballroom

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Black Muslim leader Malcolm X poses during an interview in New York on March 5, 1964. (AP Photo/Eddie Adams)
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On this day in 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated while he was preparing to address a crowd of more than 400 guests for his new group, the Organization of Afro-American Unity, in Harlem, New York, at the Audubon Ballroom.

Malcolm X was born as Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska. His early life was marked by profound racial hostility, compelling his family’s relocation to Lansing, Michigan, following the brutal murder of his father by white supremacists.

Malcolm X later became a prominent figure in the Nation of Islam, advocating for Black empowerment and self-defense against systemic oppression. His pilgrimage to Mecca in 1964 marked a significant turning point in his life, where he experienced a transformative spiritual awakening, leading him to reassess his views on race and advocate for a more inclusive approach to civil rights activism.

Malcolm X was assassinated at the age of 39, leaving behind a legacy that continues to inspire generations.


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