Malcolm X Killer Freed

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It’s been nearly fifty years since the murder of Malcolm X, and Thomas Hagan still claims that there was no conspiracy behind the crime.  What are the other theories explaining who was behind the murder of X? UPI reports:

New York corrections officials Tuesday paroled Thomas Hagan, the only man who admitted his role in the 1965 assassination of Malcolm X.

Hagan, 69, who has been on work release since March 1992, was released at 11 a.m. from the Lincoln Correctional Center, which is on Malcolm X Boulevard in New York, CNN reported.

Hagan was sentenced in 1966 to 20 years to life in prison and had gone before the parole board 15 times since 1984. Two other men convicted in the killing, whom Hagan said were innocent, were released in the 1980s.

“I can’t really describe my remiss and my remorse for my actions,” Hagan has said.

Malcolm, 39, was shot to death Feb. 21, 1965, after abandoning the Nation of Islam for orthodox Islam. The split spawned a feud with Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad. The Nation of Islam, however, has denied any role in the assassination.

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3 Comments on "Malcolm X Killer Freed"

  1. tonyviner | Apr 30, 2010 at 10:11 am |

    Denzel did it so he could get the role in the movie.

  2. I read Malcolm's autobiography. I always found him very inspiring. People called him an instigator of violence and a radical. I believe he simply wanted to be recognized as an equal man in society and saw that he would have to defend himself and occasionally violently to gain that kind of acknowledgment. Martin Luther King got all the accolades for being non violent. I respect Martin Luther King but Malcolm's courage and strength came from a life lived in extremes which gives his message a crediblity that's hard to deny. Malcolm was learning towards the end of his life that he could transcend the black vs. white issue and see people for who they are regardless of race. It would have been really interesting had he lived where his message would have gone and what he would have done. I always felt that Malcolm got the short end of the stick in history. Martin Luther King was the American Ghandi-like figure. Malcolm just felt more real to me and I think he deserves to be given credit for simply standing up to speak his truth which resonated for alot of people.

  3. Hadrian999 | Apr 30, 2010 at 12:39 pm |

    i never understood black people embracing Islam ,
    it is merely exchanging one foreign control for another.
    you would think they would look for real african spirituality
    rather than accept the god of arabs or any other peoples god

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