This Day in Black History: March 8, 1964

This Day in Black History: March 8, 1964

Malcolm X announces split from the Nation of Islam.

Published March 8, 2012

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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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Written by Britt Middleton


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