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Assassination of Malcolm X.

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Life delivered a clear summary of the events in New York: “Most shocking of all to the residents of Harlem was the fact that Malcolm X had been killed not by “Whitey” but by members of his own race. The country’s Negro community was suddenly faced with the possibility of a fratricidal war”.

On the very next page was an essay in words and photos by Gordon Parks — credited as “a close observer of the career of Malcolm X” – who gained unprecedented access to the black Muslim community for a photo-essay two years prior. Back then, Malcolm X was a preacher with a black-nationalist religious movement Nation of Islam, which he had a falling out in 1964. From his former movement, he received numerous death threats and finally an assassin on February 21, 1965. The assassin, one Thomas Hagan, was paroled only in 2010, serving 44 years of a life imprisonment.

Last month, a link with that frantic America which prospered Malcolm X and his firebrand philosophies was lost when Yuri Kochiyama died, aged 93. Ms Kochiyama, a long-time political activist, famously appeared in the photo above, cradling the dying Malcolm X’s head. The photo was taken by Earl Grant, a close associate of the slain preacher.

Written by Alex Selwyn-Holmes

June 13, 2014 at 3:04 pm

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  1. Malcolm was an original, he was. What he believed in was REAL freedom for his people, not that whitewashed version proposed by King.

    I always liked him. He had cochonnes. He wasn’t afraid to speak the truth. He was respected by the KKK (?!) and the American Nazi Party. (??!!).

    Had he lived, he would have been the true savior of the African American People, who in my opinion, have not been saved yet, but only re-victimized by same-race same mindset opportunistic interlopers like OBAMA.

    Col. Korn

    June 13, 2014 at 3:23 pm

  2. Malcolm was a brilliant man. It’s shocking that his murderer was allowed to leave prison


    June 13, 2014 at 9:17 pm

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    June 22, 2014 at 7:37 am

  7. Thanks for the informative post! It is interesting to see the contrast between his and MLK jr’s civil rights advocacy movements and how they handled the issue differently.


    June 23, 2014 at 6:22 pm

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  9. I am white and over 60. At the time of his being, the main stream media labelled him racist and a hater of white people. Then I could not figure out why he would hate me when I never did anything to anyone. It was not until 2013 when I watched the Spike Lee Malcolm X and was shocked to notice that if you substitute the words “white man” with New World Order or “the ultra rich” or Multi National Corporation, we are all in the same boat. It is now the rich against everyone else. Malcolm was ahead of his time. If he were alive now in the day of the internet, he would be followed by both white, black, and brown. Since the movie I have read everything I could get my hands on and am sorry he is not alive today.


    October 7, 2014 at 12:42 am

  10. I really enjoyed this post!!!


    October 7, 2014 at 11:23 pm

  11. Malcolm X was killed by the CIA using NOI proxies.


    March 9, 2015 at 11:23 pm

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