Malcolm X speaking in Harlem, 1963
Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, later known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. Malcolm X’s career was inextricably bound to New York City, the place that brought him fame and saw his demise on February 21, 1965. Here are 7 key spots in NYC that lead up to his assassination.
7. Temple No. 7, Harlem
After joining the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X was sent to found chapters across the country, including Temple No. 7 in Harlem, which he opened in 1954. What was at first a small storefront operation quickly grew to thousands of followers.
The Temple No. 7 was moved to 102 West 116th Street. It was firebombed in 1965 after Shabazz’s assassination, and is now located on 127th Street.