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Fifty Years Later - Malcolm X’s Fight for Equality

Malcolm X holds up a paper for the crowd to see during a Black Muslim rally in New York City on Aug. 6, 1963.

Human rights activist Malcolm X talks to Nigerian students and African American locals in Harlem, New York, circa 1960..

This year is the 50th anniversary of his death.

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Malcolm X left, with General Abdulrahman Mohamed Babu, leader of the Zanzibar Revolution. on Nov. 23, 1962.

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Malcolm X, addresses a rally in Harlem in New York City on June 29, 1963.

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Malcolm X holds up a paper for the crowd to see during a Black Muslim rally in New York City on Aug. 6, 1963.

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Malcolm X in Oxford with Eric Abrahams, right, the Student Union president, before addressing university students on the subject of extremism and liberty, Dec. 3, 1964. On that day Malcolm X gave arguably one of his most important speeches, just months before his assassination. During Malcolm's pilgrimage to Mecca in spring 1964, he shifted to an international human rights perspective. The Oxford Union was a chance to set the record straight and relay resistance's place in a violent, hypocritical world. Skip Gates said this visit was synonymous with speaking to the British Empire.

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Portrait of Malcolm X taken at theLondon Airport on Feb. 9, 1965, after he was refused entry into France. "And in my opinion, the young generation of whites, blacks, browns, whatever else there is, you're living at a time of extremism, a time of revolution, a time when there's got to be a change, people in power have misused it, and now there has to be a change" - Malcolm X

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