Malcolm X's daughter calls for US government inquiry into his assassination

2022-02-05 22:08:51
Malcolm X's daughter calls for US government inquiry into his assassination

The daughter of African-American Muslim minister and activist Malcolm X is calling for a federal inquiry into the murder of her father decades after he was assassinated in a New York City ballroom.

“We want to know the truth. We want to know why our father was killed and who did it,” Ilyasah Shabazz, one of Malcolm X’s six daughters, told ABC News.

Shabazz was barely 3 when her father was shot and killed at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City on Feb. 21, 1965. He was 39.

Shabazz says her mother never spoke to her six daughters about the assassination of their father, instead raising them in a “bubble of love.”

“I knew about my father. I knew about daddy. I knew about my mother's husband. But I had never learned about Malcolm X the icon, and in college, I did”. There, Shabazz remembers “taking a course on The Life and Times Malcolm X, and I learned about all of the injustices.”

“It just made me think of how alone he must have felt and the significant sacrifice that he made,” she said in the ABC News special that was released Friday.

Two men who were convicted of killing Malcolm X – Aziz Muhammad and Khalil Islam – were exonerated in November 2021 following a re-examination of the case by the New York District Attorney’s Office.

Aziz Muhammad, who is now 84, served 20 years and was released on parole in 1985. Khalil Islam served 22 years in prison and was released 2 years after Aziz. He died in 2009.

The New York District Attorney’s Office reopened the case after Netflix aired a documentary series “Who Killed Malcom X?”, that explored a theory by scholars that the two men were innocent and that some of the real killers had escaped.

Several gunmen fired at Malcolm X, according to police, but only one – Talmadge Hayer – was caught.

The FBI also failed to disclose documents that cast doubt on the involvement of Aziz and Islam, including information from eyewitnesses about the description of the suspects.

Ben Crump, an attorney for members of the family of Malcolm X, said a congressional commission should launch an independent investigation into the murder.

“Let's finish the book and get to who was really responsible for the assassination,” he told ABC News’ "Soul of a Nation."


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