Malcolm X Was Killed Today... Watch Detailed Portrait Doc "Malcolm X: Make It Plain" Now

by Tambay A. Obenson
February 21, 2012 1:05 PM
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A birth and a death... yesterday in history, Sidney Poitier was born; Today in history... February 21st, 1965, Malcolm Little/Malcolm X/El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz was killed in New York City.

He was just 39 years old.

Of course, I'm sure we all know of Spike Lee's 1992 epic film based on the life of the man - a film that will rest among the nation’s treasures in the world’s largest archive of film, TV and sound recordings; just over a year ago, it was inducted for preservation in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress

It's now officially on Blu-ray by the way, recently released in that format. So you can pick up a copy if you haven't yet.

I'm not aware of any film events that are scheduled to take place today to honor his death (although it doesn't mean there aren't any). I recall last year, the Brecht Forum here in NYC screened Orlando Bagwell's 2 1/2 hour 1994 documentary Malcolm X: Make It Plain, narrated by Alfre Woodard - a film that paints a comprehensive portrait of Malcolm X - hustler, visionary, husband and father, dynamic orator and, after spending time in prison, Minister Malcolm, the fiery, eloquent spokesman for the Nation of Islam; and finally as El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, internationally recognized leader and advocate for oppressed peoples - loved and despised, revered and feared... until he was assassinated at 39.

The entire 2 1/2 hour film is on YouTube, split up into several parts, so you can watch it all there if you haven't already.

Here are the first 10 minutes: 

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  • CareyCarey | February 21, 2012 8:42 PMReply

    BONDGIRL, speak the truth! I hear you. Truth be told, no Malcolm = No MLK day. I hope folks don't take that wrong because I too listen to the greatest orators of all time. Love King's "If I could go back" & "Civil Disobedience" & "If I would have sneezed" & "A though faith vs an if faith". A perfect reflection day = Gil Scott Heron, Martin and Malcolm. Turn out the lights!

  • BONDGIRL | February 21, 2012 8:06 PMReply

    I read his autobiography when I was 9 yrs old, and listened to all his speeches. My favorite is "The Ballot or the Bullet". He had a profound effect on me as a youth, and is dearly missed.

  • Donella | February 21, 2012 7:59 PMReply

    He accomplished so much in 39 years.

  • Naji | February 21, 2012 5:13 PMReply

    God Bless You Dear Brother Malcolm, I miss you more everyday.

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