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Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
2:25 pm
Malcolm X Killer Freed
And, incidentally, admits his guilt and claims the other two men convicted were innocent.

Malcolm X killer freed after 44 years
By Wayne Drash, CNN
April 27, 2010 1:56 p.m. EDT

CNN) -- Thomas Hagan, the only man who admitted his role in the 1965 assassination of iconic black leader Malcolm X, was paroled Tuesday.

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Hagan, 69, walked out of the minimum-security Lincoln Correctional Facility at 11 a.m. The facility is located at the intersection of West 110th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard.

[ . . . ]

Twenty-two and on a deadly mission

Hagan, then known by the name Talmadge X Hayer, was 22 and a radical member of the Nation of Islam the day he entered the ballroom armed and ready to kill. His allegiance was to the Nation's founder, and he was outraged Malcolm X had broken from its ranks.

After the shooting, Hagan tried to flee the scene but he was shot in the leg. He was beaten by the crowd before being arrested outside.

Thomas Hagan is pictured here in a mugshot from 2008.Last month, he told the parole board he felt the urge to kill Malcolm X because of his inflammatory comments about the Nation's founder.

"It stemmed from a break off and confusion in the leadership," Hagan said. "Malcolm X broke with the Nation of Islam, separated from the Nation of Islam, and in doing so there was controversy as to some of the statements he was making about the leader."

He added, "History has revealed a lot of what Malcolm X was saying was true."

Two other men, Muhammad Abdul Aziz and Kahlil Islam, were also found guilty of murder in 1966 and received 20 years to life. Both proclaimed their innocence. Hagan, who eventually admitted his part in the murder, testified at trial and subsequent parole hearings that both men were innocent. Aziz was paroled in 1985; Islam was freed in 1987.

At last month's parole hearing, Hagan again maintained that Aziz and Islam were not the other assassins. He said it was two other men who helped plot, plan and participate in the killing.

Did they receive orders from the Nation to carry out the killing?

"I can't say that anyone in the Nation of Islam gave us the idea or instructed us to do it. We did this ourselves for the most part, yes," Hagan told the parole board.

Hagan said he received a master's degree in sociology while incarcerated and that helped him deal with his actions from 45 years ago.

"I understand a lot better the dynamics of movements and what can happen inside movements and conflicts that can come up, but I have deep regrets about my participation in that."

He added, "Unfortunately, I didn't have an in-depth understanding of what was really going on myself to let myself be involved in anything like that. ... I can't really describe my remiss and my remorse for my actions -- basically a very young man, a very uneducated man. "

He is still a Muslim but no longer a member of the Nation of Islam. He volunteers at a mosque to help young men. He told the parole board he hopes to become a qualified substance abuse counselor.

His primary mission is to help his four children, ages 21, 17, 14 and 10. He has two other grown children.

"My focus is to maintain my family and to try to make things a little better for them. It's upward mobility, and to encourage my children to complete their education because it's a must."
Thursday, May 17th, 2007
8:25 am
Malcolm X's Birthday...

Malcolm X


Born: Malcolm Little, May 19, 1925, Omaha, Nebraska

Died: El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, February 21, 1965, Audubon Ballroom, Harlem, New York City

In honor of Mr. X's birthday on the 19th, I have posted the text from this week's Black Commentator, which was taken from his "Chickens Come Home To Roost" speech.  Delivered shortly after the assassination of late President JFK Jr., this speech resulted in the Honorable Elijah Mohammed's censoring and 90-day silencing of Malcolm.  This censoring, combined with the back-biting of his brothers in the movement (and a few narrowly-avoided attempts on his life) resulted in Malcolm leaving the Nation of Islam.  Those who are scholars of Mr. X's speeches will indeed notice a few of his oft-repeated analogies and allegories: my personal favorate is always the reference to conservative white politicians as "wolves," and white liberal politicians as "foxes," which he also used in his earlier "Bullet or the Ballot" speech.  Others may note his continued criticism of the 1963 March on Washington, referred by Malcolm in his own words as "The Farce on Washington."

My questions for discusssion:

Do you feel that there is still a need for a militant Civil Right's struggle in this country? If so, on what basis, and what messages does this movement need to deliver?  If not, why not?

How much accuracy do you attribute to Malcom's take on "The Farce on Washington"?

Do you see the formation of a separate "Black" state as a solution to the issues that Malcolm illustrated in the 1960's?  What about present-day America?
Wednesday, August 17th, 2005
6:08 pm
About Malcolm X and Islam
While googling up many returns for "Malcolm X", I was astounded by the many non-U.S.-based websites which also celebrate this guy and his legacy. Found a few from Europe, the U.K., even from the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent as well. I guess that, in many ways, he has become as much of an icon to the full expanse of the Muslim world as he already (and more recognizably) is to both Africa and the Diaspora.


Harry Underwood
Monday, February 21st, 2005
10:18 pm
By Any Means Necessary.
Malcolm X was assassinated today, February 21st, 1965. He is what makes me proud to be Muslim/Afghan. Thank you for your inspiration.

Some favourite quotes (ofcourse, there are MANY more)

"If you're not ready to die for it, put the word 'freedom' out of your vocabulary."

"Without education, you're not going anywhere in this world."

"You don't have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being."

"I am not a racist. I am against every form of racism and segregation, every form of discrimination. I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color."

"There is nothing in our book, the Koran, that teaches us to suffer peacefully. Our religion teaches us to be intelligent. Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery. That’s a good religion."
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