This Day in Black History: Feb. 21, 1965

Malcolm X is assassinated.

Posted: 02/21/2012 07:00 AM EST
Malcolm X

The celebrated American Muslim minister and human rights activist, Malcolm X, was killed in the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem as he was preparing to address the Organization of Afro-American Unity. Malcolm X was considered by his admirers to be a courageous advocate for the rights of African-Americans. His detractors criticized him for indicting white America in harsh terms for its crimes against Black Americans.

 

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