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Feb. 21: Malcolm X Is Assassinated at the Audobon Ballroom.

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Malcolm X (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)

Malcolm X (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)

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Every day during the month of February, WPGC will feature an important moment in Black history.  These daily vignettes are read by local children in the District and surrounding areas.

On Feb. 21, 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City.  Malcolm X was a notable human rights activist and advocate for blacks.  In his early life, he was orphaned when his father was killed in a streetcar accident and his mother was sent to a mental hospital, leaving him and his siblings in foster homes.

It wasn’t until he was jailed in 1946 that Malcolm learned of the Nation of Islam, a group he soon spearheaded after his prison release. The group pushed black supremacy, segregation of black and white Americans and belittled the thought of integration.

By 1964, Malcolm X had grown tired of the Nation of Islam’s teachings and regretted his position in the group.  He founded Muslim Mosque, Inc. and the Organization of Afro-American Unity.  In 1965, three members of the Nation of Islam assassinated Malcolm X during an address to the Organization of Afro-American Unity. 

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