Malcolm X's daughter speaks to CBS 50 years after his death

Malcolm X's Daughter Speaks to CBS 50 Years After His Death
Malcolm X's Daughter Speaks to CBS 50 Years After His Death

Saturday marks 50 years since the assassination of revered yet controversial civil rights activist Malcolm X. To mark the anniversary, his daughter Attallah Shabazz spoke to CBS.

"Do you still have conversations with your father?"

"Oh, yes, all the time. Look, you can't be that potent and then be gone."

Shabazz, the eldest daughter of Malcolm X, has forged her own path. She is a performer and lecturer and has worked to clarify her father's message.

During the piece, reporter Vladimir Duthiers makes reference to the relationship between Malcolm X and Mike Wallace, a CBS reporter who "was in search of the true Malcolm X." Wallace is known for showing the nation a different side of Malcolm X.

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In an interview with Wallace, Malcolm X explained, "The white man ... has brainwashed the so-called Negro so much ... that today some Negroes think they haven't made any progress or don't have anything unless they're living in a white man's neighborhood ... a seat in the white man's school."

Duthiers said he talked to Shabazz about the trademark differences in mindset between Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

King was known to take a more passive approach while Malcolm X stirred controversy with his aggressive pursuit. Shabazz thinks there's room to be a fan of both men.

Shabazz adds, "For those who are in a position to do better, do more. What are we waiting on?"

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