50th Anniversary of Malcolm X’s Assassination February 20, 2015

Malcolm_X_libraryofcongress_1000pxh“We believe that our problem is one not a violation of civil rights but a violation of human rights. Not only are we denied the right to be a citizen in the United States, we are denied the right to be a human being.”

—Malcolm X, Jan. 5, 1965

February 21 marks the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X/El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz being shot and killed in Harlem in 1965. We honor his life’s struggle for dignity and justice by featuring these materials to learn more about Malcolm X including a documentary that is available to view online.

malcolmx9781432964672Malcolm X is a comprehensive introduction to the life of Malcolm X appropriate for third grade and above.​ Malcolm X TalksMalcolm X Talks to Young People is a collection of speeches by Malcolm X, selected for young audiences. A People’s History of Muslims in the United States
What school textbooks and the media miss

If We Knew Our History article by Alison Kysia

Film clip of Mos Def reading Malcolm X’s “Message to the Grass Roots.” View online. malcolmx_makeithappenMalcolm X: Make It Plain, a 1994 film on the life and words of Malcolm X. Watch online.


There are 5 comments by other visitors:

  • At age 72, I can look back on my a lifetime of personal and political struggles and know, without hesitation, that Malcolm X was one of the most influential persons in my life. As a young college and then graduate student, I grappled with the issues of civil rights and my role in that struggle as an atheist of Jewish descent born and bred in New York City. My psychoanalyst was an amazing man of color who had been through many civil rights struggles in the 1930’s and who patiently walked me through the repair of my own psyche and the subsequent liberation from so many of the blinders that unhealthy parenting and prejudiced family and neighbors had instilled in me. It was with great relief that I embraced the power and clarity of Malcolm X, not only in his passionate drive to understand American history and apply to all people imprisoned in the mythology of American Exceptionalism, but in the man himself and the truly amazing journey to psychological health that he himself brought to fruition. While my liberal friends were more comfortable with the gradualism and passive resistance put forth by Dr. Martin Luther King, the revolutionary insight and fervor of Malcolm X inspired me to take my blinders off to the ugly realities of the dying American Empire and put me on a clear path to understanding the nature of beast called capitalism. I will always be greatly indebted to this giant of a man.

    Response shared by Dr. Brian A. Schwartz — February 14, 2015 @ 11:08 am

  • If Malik El Shabaz would have been lived a couple of more decades, There would have been a different America today. Specially the Afro American community would have shaped this great country with the best shining image than what we are today.

    Response shared by Abdur Khan — February 16, 2015 @ 3:43 am

  • What an intelligent and charismatic leader. If he and other great leaders would have been allowed to live out their calling the black community as a whole would be so much further ahead.

    Response shared by Carolyn — February 16, 2015 @ 9:35 pm

  • There are still people out here practicing his movement. If we can understand the universal power of LOVE within the Afro/Asiatic community then today can still a different America. #ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Response shared by Xolani Albey — February 16, 2015 @ 11:05 pm

  • It’s a shame that most don’t understand the importance of MalcomX’s last words. He was blowing the lid off of all politicians, especially Democrat politicians convince of passing the civil rights act purely to control african americans and keep them from the Republicans. The fact that he was murdered almost immediately after that speech is not lost on me. Too bad the truth about Malcolm X and MLK have been papered over by the Democrat Slave party. It’s even more unreal the papering over of Woodrow Wilson, founder of Princeton and in modern terms the ‘gofundme’ sponsor of DW Griffith who wrote and filmed Birth of a Nation…a propaganda film of the worst and most hateful order…only bested decades later by your here Howard Zinn.

    If only Malcolm X had survived how the world for African Americans would be supremely different.

    Response shared by George Global — February 21, 2015 @ 9:04 pm

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