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50 Years After Malcolm X, Black Lives Still Matter

Fifty years on, what does Malcolm X mean to you?

El-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, aka Malcolm X, was assassinated on February 21, 1965, in New York. Fifty years later, his legacy lives on and will always be a topic of debate, particularly at a time when racial tension and police brutality in the United States have been hitting the headlines all too often.

Described as a “witty and articulate speaker,” history has mixed views about Malcolm X. For some, he stood for the rights of African Americans but didn’t receive the same level of attention as Martin Luther King, while others see him as a racist who once viewed white people as the “devil.”

So, what does Malcolm X mean to you? For one African American, he “represents a figure who very, very long ago said, ‘Black lives matter.’”

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