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Malcolm X's daughter Ilyasah Shabazz, (centre) attends ceremony in Harlem, New York. Photo: 21 February 2015 Malcolm X’s daughter Ilyasah Shabazz (centre) was among those who attended the ceremony
 

A ceremony has been held in New York to honour black civil rights leader Malcolm X at the site where he was assassinated 50 years ago.

Activists, politicians and actors were among some 300 people who paid tributes to Malcolm X in Harlem.

They heard a call by one of his daughters to reassess her father’s importance to civil rights in America.

By the time he was gunned down, the Muslim leader had moderated his militant message of black separatism.

But he remained a passionate advocate of black unity, self-respect and self-reliance.

‘Just a young man’

Saturday’s ceremony was held at the Malcolm X & Dr Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, previously known as the Audubon Ballroom.

Malcolm X. Photo: July 1964Malcolm X was 39 when he was gunned down

A blue light was shone onto the floor in the exact spot where Malcolm M, whose real name was El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, was gunned down.

This happened when the 39-year-old was preparing to address his followers.

“He was just a young man who gave all that he possibly could,” his daughter Ilyasah Shabazz said.

Malcolm X’s relatives also insisted that his revolutionary rhetoric was still a vital part of the struggle for equality, arguing that he should be remembered more in American history than he currently is.

Three members of the Nation of Islam organisation were convicted of his murder.

BBC

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