Thousands celebrate Malcolm’s 87th

Thousands honored the legacy of El Hajj Malik Shabazz AKA Malcolm X on the 87th anniversary of his birth.

First with a concert at Marcus Garvey Park on the eve of May 19, three of his daughters joined celebrants at the Harlem venue to reflect on the life of the noted American who was assassinated at age 39 as he spoke in Harlem.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Shabazz died Feb. 21, 1965 and was hailed a visionary and prophet in spoken word and hip-hop testimonies.

The following morning, busloads left from the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, Pennsylvania and other states to meet at the Ferncliff Cemetery, where he is interred.

A ceremony paid tribute to the much-revered Pan-African advocate and Muslim leader.

Later that afternoon, an eclectic group of supporters of the leader massed to voice the need for economic control of Harlem.

Supporters marched from the Westside of 125th St. to the eastside, carrying red, black and green banners. They later rallied urging business owners to support the ideals Malcolm X advocated before he was assassinated.

A block party was held later that evening at the El Hajj Malik Shabazz and Dr. Betty Shabazz Center (formerly the Audubon Ballroom.)

The Schomburg Library for Research also hosted an event to mark the occasion.

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