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Malcolm X Photograph Collection
SPC.2020.009  
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Photograph of Malcolm X giving a speech circa March 20, 1962

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this photograph does not have a caption but does have information on the back that labels this photograph as being taken at "Park Manor Auditorium" at a "Muslim Meeting". Attached to this photograph is a document that states: "As Leading Minister for the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X converted hundreds of Black people in Los Angeles. This is Malcolm X -- the master debator."
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Photograph of Malcolm X holding a photograph depicting Ronald Stokes' slain body May 6, 1963

General

This photograph does not contain a caption, but has a "Los Angeles Herald Examiner" label on the back stating this photograph was taking at the [L.A.] Courthouse by Bill Walker.
Attached to this photograph is a document that states: "Leading the fight for justice Malcolm X fought against the type of hatred shown in the enlarged photo depicting the murder of Brother Ronald Stokes and 14 other Black Muslims after they were brutally slain by members of the Los Angeles police department. It was Malcolm X who faced the police department -- ALONE!"
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Photograph of Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X February 25, 1964

General

caption on photograph states: "Cassius Signs Autograph-- Cassius Clay, the new world heavyweight boxing champion, signs autograph outside a downtown New York newsreel theater today as Black Muslim leader Malcolm x stands alongside. They had just watched a screening of film on Clay's title fight with Sonny Liston at Miami, Beach, Fla." AP Wire Photo.

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attached to the photograph is a document that states: "Man behind the Champ-- Malcolm X was the converter of Muhammad Ali who was still 'Cassius Clay' when this photograph was taken. The existence of this photo was denied by some people -- but here it is."
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Photograph of Malcolm X taken during a press conference March 12, 1964

General

caption on photograph states: "Negro nationalist Malcolm X, during press conference here 3/12 urged America's 22 million Negroes to learn how to use shotguns and rifles, apparently by establishing and joining rifle clubs. Brother Malcom, as he calls himself since resigning as New York leader of the Chicago-based Black Muslim movement said 1964 would be the 'bloodiest year yet in the civil rights fight.'" UPI Telephoto.

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also included is an attached text document that states: "Malcolm X soon after he departed from Elijah Muhammad sensibly urged that the natural law dictates that man should protect his life, and his right to life even if it becomes necessary to bear arms against his aggressors."
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Photograph of Malcolm X during a talk with reporters November 24, 1964

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caption on photograph verbatim including any misspellings states: "Militant Negro leader Malcom X talks to reporters on his arrival in New York 11/24 from a visit to Africa. Malcom, who has changed his name to Malik Al Shabazz said the U.S. and Moise Tshombe share responsibility for the death of the white hostages in the Congo. Malcom, or Malik, was cheered by about 30 of his supporters at the airport. He also criticized President Johnson in his remarks." UPI Telephoto.

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attached to his photograph is a document that states: "Returning from Africa, the new Malcolm X-- a free man, the leader of the 'New Breed of Black Man' manifest the determiniation and dedication that he had to bear alone."
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Photograph of Malcolm X leaving a Philadelphia radio station December 30, 1964

General

caption on the photograph states: "Shotgun armed police protect Malcolm X (left) as he leaves a radio station after a report that an attempt was to be made on his life late 12/29. Four of the former Black Muslim leader's bodyguards were beaten during a visit to Philadelphia to reorganize the Black Muslims into two new groups." UPI Telephoto.

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attached to the photograph is a document that states: "The Dedication and Commitment to Truth which characterized Malcolm X led to physical confrontation with organized groups and caused him much grief as a man seeking freedom for all Black people."
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Photograph of Malcolm X taken outside of his firebombed home February 14, 1965

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caption on photograph verbatim including any misspellings states: "Malcolm X in dark coat, leader of a Negro separationist group, talks to a reporter outside his home 2/14 after a fire bomb was thrown into his house during the night. Malcom and his family were unharmed by the attack but his home was badly damaged; wreckage litters the ground outside (R). Malcom, who broke with the Black Muslim organization, just laughed when asked about the motive for the attack." UPI Telephoto.

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Attached to the photograph is a document that states: "Bombed and Loved -- As the people came to love Malcolm X more, the more evil forces tried to silence him. Malcolm's course was set..."
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Photograph of Malcolm X on a stretcher after being gunned down February 21, 1965

General

Caption on the photograph states: "Stretcher bearing Negro Nationalist leader Malcolm X is wheeled from Audobon Ballroom 2/21 after he was gunned down by an assassin's bullets. The 39-year-old former confederate of the Black Muslim movement died a short time later at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. Malcolm X is survived by his widow and four young daughters." UPI Telephoto.

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Attached to the photograph is a document that states: "Death but Not Dead -- Malcolm X lives and breathes as long as Black men care to think; as long as we long to be free; as long as we can love each other."