Remembering Malcolm X: A Black History Legend


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Portrait of Malcolm X. 1964-65.

Lubanah Alayoubi and Melanie Bilbao

Over the course of African American history, there have been numerous activists who fought for the rights of black individuals. One of the greatest human rights activists to arise in the 20th century was Malcolm X. 

Malcolm X ( or El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) was an African-American muslim minister who opposed white supremacy and advocated for Black nationalism. By urging his fellow black Americans to protest against white aggression, Malcolm ignited an immense uproar that resulted in the construction of strong black communities without the help of white Americans. Moreover, Malcolm X encouraged his black brothers and sisters to be prideful of their cultured heritage and to always stick up for themselves. One of Malcolm’s most legendary quotes was “You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom”.

On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was shot to death by rival black leaders as he spoke about his Organization of Afro-American Unity at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. Just one week earlier, his house got firebombed by a group of individuals who opposed many of his preachings.

To conclude, Malcolm X was a black history legend who played a major role in the civil rights movement. By motivating African-Americans to fight for their equal rights, he has strengthened the offspring of the civil rights movement in today’s society.