Who Was Malcom X
Why Was He Assassinated – A Black Politics Exclusive
February 21st marks the fiftieth (50th) anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X. To focus on this occasion, www.blackpolitics.org will feature an exclusivefirst-hand account of Malcolm X, his significance, and the events leading up to his assassination from a man whom J Edgar Hoover in 1967 called, “the most dangerous man in America”.
Dr. Muhammad Ahmad, formerly known as Max Stanford, was a founder and national field chairman of the Revolutionary Action Movement (RAM), a clandestine organization whose international spokesman was Malcolm X. Stanford was very close to Malcolm in the final years of his life and held close one on one meetings with Malcolm in the months leading up to the February 21st 1965, assassination at Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom. In this featured excerpt from his writings, Ahmad details Malcolm’s role in the African American Liberation struggle, his transformation from the national spokesman of Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam to an internationally known and respected leader of the African American struggle. He tells us about the US government’s covert activities against Malcolm, the assassination set-up, and the reasons why Malcolm was killed. He summarizes the lessons learned from Malcolm and offers guidance to new and emerging generations of African American youth and leadership, such as #BlackLivesMatter.
Had he lived Malcolm X would have turned 90 years old on May 19 of 2015. After the assassination Stanford went on to play a critical role in the African American struggle. Among his many accomplishments, he founded the African People’s Party and was instrumental in the emergence of the Black Power Movement, the formation of the Black Panther Party, the Congress of African People, the African Liberation Support Committee and African Liberation Day. Starting tomorrow, February 19, 2015, you can read it all here at the homepage of www.blackpolitics.org .
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