feb 21 1965

In our March 8, 1965 issue, Newsweek reported on the assassination of Malcolm X, who was shot and killed by assassins identified as Black Muslims before he was set to speak at the Organization of Afro-American Unity at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem on Feb. 21, 1965.

We wrote at the time: “He was born Malcolm Little, an Omaha Negro preacher’s son. Before he was out of his teens, he was Big Red, a Harlem hipster trafficking in numbers, narcotics, sex and petty crime. He was buried as Al Hajj Malik Shabazz, a spiritual desperado lost between the peace of Islam and the pain of blackness. His whole life was a series of provisional identities…”