1965 February 21

Malcolm X Assassinated in New York City


Militant African-American leader Malcolm X was assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City on this day. His assassination continues to be surrounded by controversy, with allegations that the Nation of Islam, the FBI and New York City police officers were complicit in the murder. Read Manning Marable’s biography of Malcolm for the best account of the controversy.

Read the acclaimed biography: Manning Marable, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (2011)

Watch a 1963 interview with Malcolm X: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTOn8JtN4c0

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