Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination ahead of a speech at Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom in 1965. Activists, politicians and actors hold a ceremony at the Malcolm X & Dr Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center in New York to honour black civil rights leader Malcolm X. the ceremony witnessed presence of 300 people, who paid tributes to Malcolm X in Harlem, they Responded to a call from his daughter to reassess her father’s importance to civil rights in America.
The Muslim leader had moderated his militant message of black separatism, before being gunned downm but he still a passionate advocate of black unity, self-respect and self-reliance.
His daughter Ilyasah Shabazz said”He was just a young man who gave all that he possibly could,” and she confirmed he was killed at New York’s Audubon Ballroom while preparing to deliver a speech and there were three members of the Nation of Islam organisation convicted of his murder.
Malcolm X’s eldest daughter, Attalah Shabazz witnessed her father’s death. “I was watching it as it all happened”
Malcolm X’s relatives also insisted that his revolutionary rhetoric was still a vital part of the struggle for equality, arguing that he should be remembered more in American history than he currently is.