Malcolm X, born May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska as Malcolm Little and also known as El_Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, at a Queens, New York court, 1964.
The charismatic, but controversial black militant leader, converted to the black muslim religious movement, the Nation of Islam, which preached black self-reliance and a return of the African diaspora to Africa, while in prison. He repudiated the movement and embraced Sunni Islam in 1964. He continued to embrace Pan-Africanism, black self-defense and black self-determination, but disavowed racism.
Almost a year later, he was assassinated at the age of 39 by three members of the Nation of Islam.
These rare photos and government documents chronicle the assassination of Malcolm X on February 21,1965.