The Assassination of Malcolm X

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On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated after delivering a speech to the Organisation (the spelling used by the group) of African-American Unity. Four men were involved in the assassination, but only one was convicted: Talmadge Hayer (a.k.a. Thomas Hagan). The theory accepted by most historians is that the government ordered the assassination of Malcolm X. There is significant evidence to support this theory. One key component in the government theory is the New York Bureau of Special Services, B.O.S.S., an extremely covert spy agency (Hutchinson 1). A week before his assassination, Malcolm’s house was firebombed. Although some thought that Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Nation of Islam, was the bomber, most of those involved in the investigation believed that it was not Muhammad that had firebombed Malcolm’s house, but the B.O.S.S.(1). During this time, the FBI infiltrated the Organisation of African-American Unity with spies and undercover agents who reported back to those in command giving information about Malcolm’s every move. Upon learning of this breach into his personal life, Malcolm began sending frequent letters to Secretary of State Dean Rusk stating that “the government has no intention to help or protect my life” (1). He believed that there were people and forces much bigger than the Muslims that wanted him gone. Malcolm X was born Malcolm “Little” in Omaha, Nebraska on May 19, 1925. His parents were Earl and Louise Little. They were very strong supporters of Marcus Garvey, who was the leader of the Universal Negro Improvement Association at the time (Crime and Investigation Network 1). His father Earl died on September 28, 1931, after being run over by a tram. His wife Louise slowly broke down mentally after her husband’s death, and was eventually committed to an insane asylum in 1939. The nine Little children were separated and sent to several orphanages and foster homes. Malcolm bounced from place to place. Although an...
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