NORTHRIDGE – On Feb. 21, 1965, Malcolm X walked onto a stage in New York’s Audubon Ballroom to preach his message of African-American freedom by any means necessary.

It was a message he had delivered hundreds of times. But within moments, three members of the Nation of Islam rushed the stage. He was shot 15 times.

“This was not somebody on a grassy knoll,” his eldest daughter, Attallah Shabazz, told an audience Monday in Cal State Northridge. “This was in a room like this.”

Shabazz spoke to about 250 students and faculty – black and white, Muslim and non-Muslim – about her father’s legacy as an African-American and Muslim leader.

“He didn’t leave this Earth knowing he would matter 42 years later,” she said. “That is a conversation I have with God: That if you live right, you will be remembered.”

Shabazz was invited by the Muslim Student Association to highlight Cal State Northridge’s events for Black History Month. The event, co-sponsored by the Black Student Union and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, included a screening of the Malcolm X PBS documentary “Make It Plain,” followed by a half-hour Q&A with Shabazz.

“A lot of us wonder why a Muslim organization \ doing an event for Black History Month,” association President Zabie Mansoory said in a brief introduction. “An interesting piece of information: 40 percent of Muslims in America are African American.”


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