El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, better known as Malcolm X, was an American minister and human rights, activist. Today is his 95th birth anniversary.
Malcolm X Biography
The preacher, who was a very notable figure during the civil rights movement, was a great advocate for people of color during this time. He worked all his life to liberate black beings against the white oppression that was well prevalent during that era.
His preachings were in contrast with that of Martin Luther King Jr as he believed more aggressively as opposed to the later.
His speech “The Ballot or The Bullet” that he delivered in Detroit in the year 1964 catapulted him into a more successful figure with a lot of stronghold and influence. He was also a believer in the influential Muslim faith.
During his teenage years, he joined the Nation of Islam, which believed in the combination of Islam with Black Power.
Though known as Malcolm Little by birth, he changed his surname to X later as white people imposed his former name. He also changed his religion to Islam, post which he came to be known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz.
In a tragic turn of events, Malcolm X was assassinated during a lecture on February 21, 1965, by three members of the Nation of Islam. Though the man is no more, his legacy and preachings live on.
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