Malcolm X

x1May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965

Malcolm X was a controversial religious and civil rights activist during the tumultuous American 1950’s and ’60’s. A leader in the Nation of Islam, Malcolm – also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz – rose to prominence as the very public face of the very outspoken group. His views on race relations were seen by many as inflammatory and racist in their own ways. The Nation of Islam’s belief in Black supremacy and the the “white devil” did little to quell the controversy. In 1964, he split from the Nation and converted to Sunni Islam. The split was contentious and he received a number of death threats for his repudiation of the Nation’s teachings. On February 21, 1965, while addressing a crowd in a New York City ballroom, three men rushed Malcolm on stage and shot him more than a dozen times, killing him. His assassination and legacy sparked a number of African American movements for decades to follow and he is often cited as one of the most influential African Americans in American history.


Ferncliff Cemetery – Hartsdale, NY

Specific Location

Pinewood B, Grave 150; In the semi-circular Pinewood section at the eastern end of the park, Malcolm and his wife are buried a couple of rows in from the northern road, their marker faces south.


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