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Malcolm X - The Last Message

02/19/2003 at 12:00 a.m.

A two hour Black History Month special. February 14, 1965, Malcolm X delivers "The Last Message" addressing the First Annual Dignity Projection and Scholarship Award Ceremony in Detroit, Michigan.

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Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little in 1925. While in prison, he studied Islam and changed his name. Upon his release from prison, he aligned himself with the Nation of Islam, which advocated a separate, independent society for blacks in the United States. During this time he gave some of his best-known speeches, asserting that blacks in America would never be able to live freely if they had to share society with white people. He eventually broke with the Nation of Islam and began speaking at Socialist gatherings and rallies, where he discussed building a civil rights movement without the exclusion of whites. 38 years ago this month, Malcolm X gave his final speech at Barnard College in New York City. He would be assassinated while preparing for his next speech at Harlem's Audubon Ballroom on February 21, 1965. His murder took from the civil rights movement a charismatic and revolutionary leader, who many contend was just coming into the height of his powers and ability.

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