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Malcolm X (1925 - 1965)

An orphan at thirteen, following his father's death and his mother's placement in a mental hospital, Malcolm Little becomes an active member and leader of the Nation of Islam, a movement that believed in black supremacy. A human rights activist, he rapidly appears publicly as a brilliant speaker and as a defender of African-American within a segregated America. He rejects Martin Luther King's non-violent calls and considers himself as a fighter. However, conscious of the racism and harsh discourse delivered by the movement he belongs to, Malcolm X repudiates the Nation of Islam in 1964 and founds the organization of Afro American Unity. In 1965, he is assassinated by three members of the Black Muslim Group in Harlem. An icon for some who saw him as a sacrificed advocate for the rights of blacks, Malcolm X also highlighted an ambiguous personality that enhanced violence and anti-white racism.

 

Tags / Malcolm X - Black - African American - Activist - Icon - It Men - 1970s
Malcolm X on Marshall Street in Smethwick, near Birmingham, 1965
Malcolm X on Marshall Street in Smethwick, near Birmingham, 1965
Malcolm X arriving at London Airport, 1965
Malcolm X arriving at London Airport, 1965
Malcolm X, 1964
Malcolm X, 1964
Malcolm X speaking at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, photographed by Bill Quinn, 1965
Malcolm X speaking at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, photographed by Bill Quinn, 1965
Malcolm X and his daughters Qubilah and Attilah by Robert L. Haggins for The LIFE, ca. 1960
Malcolm X and his daughters Qubilah and Attilah by Robert L. Haggins for The LIFE, ca. 1960
Malcolm X by Bob Parent, 1965
Malcolm X by Bob Parent, 1965
Malcolm X arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York City, after a tour of the Middle East, 1964
Malcolm X arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York City, after a tour of the Middle East, 1964
Malcolm X in Cairo, 1964
Malcolm X in Cairo, 1964
Malcolm X, and political leaders Elijah Muhammad and Louis Farrakhan by Lloyd Yearwood , early 1960
Malcolm X, and political leaders Elijah Muhammad and Louis Farrakhan by Lloyd Yearwood , early 1960
Malcolm X arriving at London Airport, 1965
Malcolm X arriving at London Airport, 1965
Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X meeting held at the International Amphitheater, photographed by Eve Arnold, 1962
Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X meeting held at the International Amphitheater, photographed by Eve Arnold, 1962
Malcolm X and his daughter Ilyasah at Kennedy airport in New York, photographed by Robert Parent for The LIFE, ca. 1963
Malcolm X and his daughter Ilyasah at Kennedy airport in New York, photographed by Robert Parent for The LIFE, ca. 1963
Mug Shoots of Malcolm X, 1950
Mug Shoots of Malcolm X, 1950
Malcolm X by Eve Arnold, 1961
Malcolm X by Eve Arnold, 1961
Malcolm X, 1964
Malcolm X, 1964
Malcolm X during a speech at Urline Arena, Washington, DC, photographed by Richard Saunders, 1963
Malcolm X during a speech at Urline Arena, Washington, DC, photographed by Richard Saunders, 1963
Malcolm X by Eve Arnold, 1961
Malcolm X by Eve Arnold, 1961
Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, ca. 1964
Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, ca. 1964
Malcolm X by Leonard Freed, 1963
Malcolm X by Leonard Freed, 1963
Malcolm X in Cairo, 1964
Malcolm X in Cairo, 1964
Malcolm X speaking on stage at a rally in New York, early 1960s
Malcolm X speaking on stage at a rally in New York, early 1960s
Malcolm X speaking on stage at a rally in New York, early 1960s
Malcolm X speaking on stage at a rally in New York, early 1960s
Malcolm X by Eve Arnold, 1961
Malcolm X by Eve Arnold, 1961
Fidel Castro and Malcolm X at the Hotel Theresa in New York, 1960
Fidel Castro and Malcolm X at the Hotel Theresa in New York, 1960
Malcolm X by Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1961
Malcolm X by Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1961
Malcolm X arriving at Heathrow Airport, photogrpahed by Terry Disney, 1964
Malcolm X arriving at Heathrow Airport, photogrpahed by Terry Disney, 1964
Malcolm X arriving at Heathrow Airport, photogrpahed by Terry Disney, 1964
Malcolm X arriving at Heathrow Airport, photogrpahed by Terry Disney, 1964
Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X by Bob Gomel for The LIFE, 1965
Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X by Bob Gomel for The LIFE, 1965
Malcolm X at Temple 7, a restaurant in Harlem, 1963
Malcolm X at Temple 7, a restaurant in Harlem, 1963
Malcolm X supporting some of his followers at the courthouse in Queens, photographed by Lloyd Yearwood, ca. 1960
Malcolm X supporting some of his followers at the courthouse in Queens, photographed by Lloyd Yearwood, ca. 1960
Malcolm X talking to Nigerian students and African American locals in Harlem, photographed by Lloyd Yearwood, ca. 1960
Malcolm X talking to Nigerian students and African American locals in Harlem, photographed by Lloyd Yearwood, ca. 1960
Malcolm X, 1964
Malcolm X, 1964
Malcolm X at a black muslin rally in Washington, photographed by Eve Arnold, 1961
Malcolm X at a black muslin rally in Washington, photographed by Eve Arnold, 1961
Malcolm X at a black muslin rally in Washington, photographed by Eve Arnold, 1961
Malcolm X at a black muslin rally in Washington, photographed by Eve Arnold, 1961
Malcolm X and his daughter Iyasah, 1964
Malcolm X and his daughter Iyasah, 1964
Malcolm X by Bob Parent, 1963
Malcolm X by Bob Parent, 1963
Martin Luther King and Malcolm X meeting before a press conference before the Senate debate on the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Martin Luther King and Malcolm X meeting before a press conference before the Senate debate on the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali by John Peodincuk, ca. 1965
Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali by John Peodincuk, ca. 1965
Malcolm X by Bruce Davidson, 1963
Malcolm X by Bruce Davidson, 1963
Malcolm X, 1965
Malcolm X, 1965
Fidel Castro and Malcolm X at the Hotel Theresa in New York, 1960
Fidel Castro and Malcolm X at the Hotel Theresa in New York, 1960
Malcolm X by Bob Adelman, 1963
Malcolm X by Bob Adelman, 1963
Malcolm X in Cairo, 1964
Malcolm X in Cairo, 1964
Malcolm X, 1963
Malcolm X, 1963
Malcolm X by Bob Adelman, ca. 1960
Malcolm X by Bob Adelman, ca. 1960
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