Malcolm X’s Fearless Commitment to Freedom 46 Years Later

It's been 46 years since he was shot and killed.

By Jamilah King Feb 21, 2011

Today marks the 46th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X. The charismatic leader is among the most important, and often misunderstood, leaders of the 20th century. His speeches and writings on race were often brutally honest, in a way that America wasn’t ready for when he gave them, and probably still isn’t ready to hear nearly half a century later. So to honor his legacy, and the complex ways in which he addressed race and poverty across the globe, here’s an interview with Malcolm shortly before his death. While it touches on the gritty politics that ultimately led to his demise, what rings loudest is his fearlessness. "I am a man who believed that I died 20 years ago, and I live like a man who is dead already," Malcolm tells reporters.
"I have no fear whatsoever of anybody or anything."