By Baraka Mfunguo,
Today marks 50 years since a civil rights movement fighter, activist and a brother who championed rights for black people Malcom X was assassinated. His death marked long history of pain, betrayal , suffering and injustice for black people all over the world.
On February 21, 1965 a day like this, Malcolm X was preparing to address the Organization of Afro-American Unity in Manhattan's Audubon Ballroom when someone in the 400-person audience yelled, "Nigger! Get your hand outta my pocket!" As Malcolm X and his bodyguards tried to quell the disturbance, a man rushed forward and shot him once in the chest with a sawed-off shotgun two other men charged the stage firing semi-automatic handguns.
Telegram sent by Dr. Martin Luther Jr to the widow of Malcom X
Malcolm X was pronounced dead at 3:30 pm, shortly after arriving at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. The autopsy identified 21 gunshot wounds to the chest, left shoulder, arms and legs, including ten buckshot wounds from the initial shotgun blast.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Malcom X
Malcolm X advocated the complete separation of African Americans from whites. He proposed that African Americans should return to Africa, and that a separate country for black people in America should be created as an interim measure.
Malcom X emphasized Pan-Africanism, black self-determination, and black self-defense, he disavowed racism saying "I did many things as a [Black] Muslim that I'm sorry for now... I guess a man's entitled to make a fool of himself if he's ready to pay the cost. It cost me 12 years.".
A telegram to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr by Malcom X