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Angela Davis: Malcolm X is vital to understanding racism in U.S.

Angela Davis: Malcolm X is vital to understanding racism in U.S.

Washington, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) Malcolm X is still vital to understanding racism, power and justice in the United States and beyond, said renowned scholar and activist Angela Davis on the 58th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X.

“Malcolm always placed these issues in a larger context, and I think that we can learn a great deal from that legacy today,” says Davis.

Angela Davis, welcome back to Democracy Now! It’s great to have you with us and have you in New York City. Talk about the significance of this day 58 years ago, Malcolm X gunned down.

She also responds to recent moves by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and others to restrict the teaching of African American history, calling it an effort to “turn the clock back” on racial progress.

Davis is delivering a keynote address Tuesday at the Shabazz Center in New York, formerly the Audubon Ballroom, where the iconic Black leader was killed on February 21, 1965.

Although some U.S. corporate media have refused to admit it, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, as he was also known, was one of the greatest and most influential figures in the history of my country, Dr. Rosemarie Mealy told Prensa Latina.

On the 57th anniversary of his murder (last year), Mealy, author of the book ¨Fidel and Malcolm X, Memories of an Encounter (Black Classic Press/Letras Cubanas)¨ claimed that Malcolm X´s ideas for the civil rights “are like tools of liberation”.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, on May 19, 1925, his given name was Malcolm Little, which he later switched to the X, alluding to the unknown surname of slaves he descended from.

On February 21, at the Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan, Malcolm X was speaking at a meeting of the Organization of Afro-American Unity when he was shot in the chest at least 16 times.

Despite different versions of where the order to eliminate him came from, the CIA’s Office of Plans, the division engaged in overthrowing and assassinating various Third World rulers, was already worried about Malcolm X and spied on his activities till the very day of his death, according to historical accounts.


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