Death and legacy of Malcolm-x

Malcolm X continued his push for African American separation through meetings which ultimately led to his increasingly being targeted by adversaries. On February 21, 1965, while addressing one such meeting in Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom, he was gunned down, an assassination whose circumstances are unclear to date (Simon, Spellman and Gardner 30). The only person to have admitted his role the assassination of Malcolm – Thomas Hagan – was released in April 2010 after having spent 44 years in Prison with the other two people convicted having been released in the 1980s and still deny their involvement in the killing (Drash 1).

Despite his death, Malcolm’s legacy has lived on with his posthumous recognition through learning institutions and streets being named after him (Simon, Spellman and Gardner 29). However perhaps what is a more significant evidence of Malcolm’s struggle for social justice are the freedoms and higher opportunities for historically marginalized societies that are witnessed in the modern day USA (Simon, Spellman and Gardner 29). Such perhaps have been further demonstrated by the election of the current US president – Barrack Obama – a person with roots to the African race and who has had an interaction with the Islam religion in the past. However what has blocked the universal appreciation of Malcolm’s legacy has been his acceptance of violence as a way towards solving the social issues prevalent at the time (Simon, Spellman and Gardner 29). On the other hand however such means was probably one of the ways through which attention to the demands by the oppressed came to the forefront of the international community. It with such contention that it cannot be underemphasized the role that armed struggle played in bringing social inclusion in the American society as was the case for independence in many African countries where perception of racial supremacy of the Caucasian races was the  object of segregation of other races.

 Works Cited

Drash, Wayne. “Malcolm X Killer Freed after 44 Years.” CNN  28 April 2010. Web. 14 May 2010.

Hatch, Roger D. “Racism and Religion: The Contrasting views of Benjamin Mays, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr.” The Journal of Religious Thought 36.2 (1979/80): 26-36. Web. 14 May 2010.

Hatt, Christine.”Slavery: From Africa to the Americas”. USA :Evans Brothers Limited. 2006. Web. 14 May 2010.

Simon, John J., A.B. Spellman and Jigs Gardner “Malcolm X-His Legacy.” Monthly Review: An Independent Socialist Magazine 56.9 (2005): 25-45. Web. 14 May 2010.

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