Malikah Shabazz found dead, the daughter of African-American activist Malcolm X

Malikah Shabazz found dead, the daughter of African-American activist Malcolm X

Malikah Shabazz, daughter of murdered civil rights leader Malcolm X, was found dead Monday at her home in Brooklyn, New York, as reported by the police.

Shabbazz, 56, was the youngest of six daughters of the prominent activist who in the 1960s advocated for the empowerment of African Americans.

Own daughter of Shabbzz was the one who found her unconscious by 4:40 pm. She was pronounced dead shortly thereafter of natural causes, according to initial reports.

The news comes just days after two men convicted of the 1965 murder of Malcolm X, Muhammad Aziz and Khalil Islam, were exonerated by a court in New York.

Earlier this year the daughters of Malcolm X had requested that the investigation be reopened, arguing that there is new evidence.

Last Thursday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. revealed that the FBI and police withheld evidence that, had it been taken into account, would have facilitated the acquittal of the men.

Malcolm X was a charismatic advocate for the rights of African Americans. After years as a leading spokesperson for the Nation of Islam – which advocated separatism for black Americans – his views became more moderate.

His assassination, on Feb 15 of 1965, came after a public dispute between Malcolm X and the founder of the Nation of Islam.

He was gunned down in front of his family in a New York auditorium where he was giving a speech. Shabazz’s mother was pregnant with Malikah and her twin sister Malaak.

Malcolm X’s aggressive activism contrasted with the pacifist method of the other great black leader of the 1960s Martin Luther King Jr., who was also assassinated.

Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., sent her condolences on Twitter.

“I am deeply saddened by the death of Malikah Shabazz. My condolences to his family, to the descendants of Dr. Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X. Peace be with you, Malikah,” wrote King.

Melissa Galbraith
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