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Black Muslim leader Malcolm X holds up an issue of the newspaper "Muhammed Speaks" for the crowd to see during a Black Muslim rally in New York City, August 6, 1963 (printed later)
Gelatin silver print with resin coating on paper
7 1/4 x 5 7/16 in. (18.42 x 13.81 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams
Accession Number: P2021.9.41

Malcolm X (1925-1965) was an American Muslim minister and human rights activist. To his admirers he was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans. Detractors accused him of preaching racism and violence. He has been called one of the greatest and most influential black Americans in history. On February 21, 1965, he was preparing to address the Organization of African American Unity in Manhattan's Audubon Ballroom when a man rushed forward and shot him once in the chest with a sawed-off shotgun. Two other men charged the stage firing semi-automatic handguns. Malcolm X was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.

Donated to the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College by Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg on June 2, 2021.

Associated Press ID # 630806055.

Sheet: 7 15/16 x 6 5/16

On verso: Handwritten in graphite in top left corner: "CVL-LD".

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