One of the civil rights period’s most controversial and compelling figures, Malcolm X rose to fame because the Nation of Islam’s chief spokesperson, proclaiming the Black Muslim group’s message on the time: racial separatism as a street to self-actualization. He famously urged Black individuals to declare civil rights “by any means crucial.”
He was gunned down as he started a speech in Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom on Feb. 21, 1965.
Aziz, Islam and a 3rd man, Mujahid Abdul Halim — recognized on the time of the killing as Talmadge Hayer and later as Thomas Hagan — had been convicted of homicide in March 1966 and sentenced to life in jail.
Hagan mentioned he was one of three gunmen who shot Malcolm X, however he testified that neither Aziz nor Islam had been concerned. They maintained all through that they had been harmless.
Hagan (*2*)in 2010.
Aziz, who was referred to as Norman 3X Butler on the time of the capturing, was launched in 1985. He’s now 83 years outdated.
Islam, previously Thomas 15X Johnson, was launched two years later and died in 2009.