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February 23, 2015  

On the Matter of Freedom: A History Lesson from Malcolm X

Just a month before he was assassinated, Malcolm X delivered a historical overview of the tumultuous years of the 1960s, when unrest and rebellions in large urban areas across America brought to the attention of the nation and the world the stark reality of its homegrown apartheid.

Leid Stories presents one of his last speeches, in which Malcolm X discusses, among other things, the role of the Nation of Islam (he had left the organization by then) in emboldening Blacks’ demand for freedom, justice and equality; the parallel struggles that were being waged in Africa; and how the Black political establishment was used to contain and control the burgeoning movement.

Malcolm X was assassinated on Feb. 21, 1965. He was 39 years old.

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