Malcolm X’s Death – level 3

28-02-2020 07:00

Malcolm X was a US civil rights leader who was assassinated 55 years ago in New York City. People remember him for how he changed himself and his activism.

Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little in 1925; he changed his name after he converted to Islam in prison in 1952. He was a spokesman for the US black community’s struggles. He said that black people fought in wars to keep America free, but the police beat them because “they want to walk down the street like decent human beings.”

The US government did not like Malcolm X due to his activities. He changed his name to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz in 1964 after he went to Saudi Arabia during the hajj.

On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was shot as he gave a speech in Harlem, New York City. For years, people have talked about his death. Recently, Netflix made a documentary about it, and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office may reinvestigate the case.

Difficult words: assassinate (to kill someone, usually secretly), activism (work to help people or make change), hajj (an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca).

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