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This Day in Black History: Feb. 21, 1965

Fifty years in the past, Malcolm X was assassinated on Feb. 21, 1965, whereas he was making ready to handle a crowd of greater than 400 visitors for his new group, the Organization of Afro-American Unity, in Harlem, New York, on the Audubon Ballroom.

Before Malcolm X grew to become a key participant in the civil rights motion, he was a younger boy who was born in Omaha, Nebraska, as Malcolm Little. As a baby, he and his household confronted extreme racial adversity by the hands of the KKK and different racist teams and had been pressured to maneuver to Lansing, Mich. Shortly after, his father was killed by a white supremacist group.

In 1946, Malcolm X obtained concerned in petty crime and landed in jail for six years. It was throughout his incarceration that Malcolm turned his life round and located a brand new curiosity in the Nation of Islam and Elijah Muhammad.

Throughout the civil rights motion, the NOI minister usually discovered himself at odds with the nonviolent protesting practices of Martin Luther King Jr. Malcolm advocated for self-defense and liberation of African-Americans.

Malcolm X discovered himself at odds with the Nation of Islam, and after he was suspended by Muhammad, he formally left the Nation. After a pilgrimage to Mecca, he began to come back round to the apply of non-violent options to equality. In June 1964, he shaped his personal group, the Organization of Afro-American Unity.

Every week earlier than he was assassinated in 1965, his dwelling was fire-bombed whereas he and his household had been inside.

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