Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Malcolm X gunman released on parole after 45 years

The only man to have admitted his role in the killing of controversial US black leader Malcolm X has been released from prison on parole.
Thomas Hagan, 69, was released from a New York jail 45 years after the assassination, officials confirmed.
Hagan said he was one of three men who shot Malcolm X as he began a speech at Harlem's Audubon Ballroom in 1965.
But he has insisted that the two men who were convicted with him were not involved. BBC

Malcolm X , was an African-American Muslim minister, public speaker, and human rights activist.To his admirers, he was a courageous advocate for the rights of African Americans, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans His detractors accused him of preaching racism, black supremacy, antisemitism, and violence He has been described as one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history.

After leaving the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X became a Sunni Muslim and made a pilgrimage to Mecca, after which he disavowed racism. He traveled extensively throughout Africa and the Middle East. He founded Muslim Mosque, Inc., a religious organization, and black nationalist Organization of Afro-American Unity. Less than a year after he left the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X was assassinated while giving a speech in New York. Read more

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