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50 Years After His Assassination, Malcolm X’s Message Still Calls Us to Seek Justice

Peniel E. Joseph| The Root   in  · ·
February 21, 2015

Saturday will mark a half-century since the untimely death of one of the most important intellectuals, organizers and revolutionaries that black America has ever produced. And on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, Malcolm X remains as relevant to our times as he was in his.

We still don’t know all the details surrounding Malcolm’s shooting death at New York City’s Audubon Ballroom while he was speaking at an Organization of Afro-American Unity rally. Calls for the federal government to release previously classified information will eventually shed important and much-needed light on mysteries that still surround his death.

We do, however, have spectacular documentary and archival evidence of how Malcolm lived, and it is his life, more than his death, that speaks to this contemporary generation.

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