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Civil rights activist Malcolm X announced his departure from the Nation of Islam, a sect of Islam that preached Black self-determination, following a rift with NOI leader Elijah Muhammad.
He remained a Muslim and later founded the more inclusive Organization of African Unity.
Tragically, Malcolm X would be assassinated in February 1965 as he was preparing to give an address at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem. He was 39.
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