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12 January

Malcolm X’s Daughter Arrested

Malcolm Shabazz kisses his beloved mother, Qubilah Shabazz

Malcolm Shabazz kisses his beloved mother, Qubilah Shabazz from SF Bay View

On this day in 1995 Qubilah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X was arrested and charged with plotting to kill Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, which was the sworn adversary of her father before his assassination.  Her mother Betty had long believed that Farrakhan was responsible for Malcolm X’s death.  In a 1994 interview when she was asked if Farrakhan had anything to do with the assassination she said:

Of course, yes. Nobody kept it a secret. It was a badge of honor. Everybody talked about it, yes.

Can’t be much clearer than that.  The wikipedia entry for Shabazz says that she began to obsess about Farrakhan.  She believed without a doubt that Farrakhan was responsible for her father’s death and would now come after her mother.  In May of 1994 she contacted an old high school friend Michael Fitzpatrick, who she believed was “capable” of killing Farrakhan.  She apparently misjudge Fitzpatrick, because he became an FBI informant.  She believed he was romantically interested in her and even told the neighbors he had proposed.  She moved to Minneapolis where Fitzpatrick lived and gave him $250.  But became leery of him and asked him if he was an government informant which he of course denied.

After her indictment, Farrakhan surprised Betty by taking Shabazz’s side saying he didn’t think she was guilty and hoped she would not be convicted.  In May of 1995 she accepted a plea agreement that said she would undergo psychological counseling and treatment for drug and alcohol abuse for a two year period.  By doing this she would not have to go to prison.  She continued to do what she had to to stay out of Jail.  Her mother even shook hands with Farrakhan on stage later in May.  It was a public event at the Apollo Theatre intended to raise money for Shabazz’s legal defense.  They raised $250,000 that evening.

Shabazz moved to Texas to undergo treatment and worked at a family friends radio station.  She got married in December 1996, but was divorced by the next month.  Her son, Malcolm, was living with her mother Betty in New York.  On June 1, 1997 Malcolm set fire to his grandmother’s apartment.  Injuries she sustained from the fire eventually killed her 3 weeks later.  Malcolm pleaded guilty and received a sentence of 18 months in juvenile detention.  Malcolm Shabazz died on May 9, 2013, when he was murdered over a bar tab of $1,200 by David Hernandez Cruz and Manuel Alejandro Perez de Jesus, who worked at the bar.

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21 February

All 3 of Malcolm X’s Assassins are Free


On this day in 1965 Malcolm X was assassinated. Below you see a picture of the Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom, this is where on February 21, 1965 39 year-old, Malcolm X was assassinated by three men. He was taken to New York’s Columbia Presbyterian Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:30pm. The main shooter was Thomas Hagan, He was shot in the leg by one of X’s bodyguards and almost beaten to death by the crowd while trying to escape.

All three of Malcolm X’s murders are now released from prison. Talmadge Hayer also known as Thomas Hagan, who was arrested at the scene of the shootings was released in 2010 and now goes by the name Mujahid Halim. He is interviewed in the second video below.

Eye witnesses at the crime scene identified the other two gunman as Norman 3X Butler and Thomas 15X Johnson. Both continue to maintain their innocence today. Butler, now goes by Muhammad Abdul Aziz, and was paroled in 1985. He became the head of the Nation of Islam’s Harlem’s Mosque in New York in 1998. Johnson, changed his name to Khalil Islam, was released from prison in 1987.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X (Movie) Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

Back in high school I read The Autobiography of Malcolm X.  It was an amazing book and if you have not read it I would highly recommend it.  I still remember the passage where he tells the story of how they used to break into houses.  But if the bathroom light was no they would skip that house.  His logic being that anyone can be using the restroom at any time of night.  So if you don’t want your house to be robbed while you sleep then turn on the bathroom light before you go to bed.  Great, great book!

Did you know that there is an official website of Malcolm X? Neither did I. Wow. I usually have to search wikipedia or some other source for information. I’ll tell you this much there was no conference of Vienna official website. But thats ok, I can see where would be a really long url. The website says:

The Official Web Site of Malcolm X has everything you want to know about this historical figure. Read his biography and read inspirational quotes from this talented speaker. Browse the photo gallery for pictures of Malcolm X throughout his life!

Free wallpapers and screen savers. What? You’ve got to be kidding me! This site has everything. The store link is not working, but there are links to posters from and links to books from an amazon store. Lots of affiliate links. At the bottom of the site it says copyright Estate of Malcolm X. Unbelievable! I am very impressed.

Below is a video clip from Spike Lee’s Malcolm X.

There is some actual audio recording from that fateful day and an interview with almadge Haye on youtube in this video: