Two days shy of the anniversary of Malcolm X’s death, Minister Louis Farrakhan took to Instagram to deny he was remotely involved in the Black nationalist’s assassination.
Malcolm X was supposed to give a speech at the Audubon Ballroom in New York on Feb. 21, 1965 when he was fatally shot by men allegedly associated with the Nation of Islam. Since then, it’s long been thought that Farrakhan had a hand in the leader’s death.
“I did not kill Malcolm X,” Farrakhan wrote on a Monday, Feb. 19 Instagram post accompanying an older clip where he describes his last conversation with X. “The enemy is so frightened that Black people listen to Farrakhan that they put it out that Farrakhan had something to do with the murder of Malcolm X. This is how wicked the media is.”
After writing that if he did have something to do with X’s death he would have been jailed by now, NOI leader reiterated that he “had nothing to do with my brother’s death, but I am what I am because I am a good student.
“I learned a lot from Brother Malcolm, but the teacher of both Malcolm, Muhammad Ali, myself and thousands of others is the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and I would hope that you will all get more acquainted with the Honorable Elijah Muhammad because God gifted us with a great man in our midst,” he concluded.
The post links to the NOI website where visitors can review materials associated with X’s murder and the Counter Intelligence Program’s involvement in it. The project was a series of covert and often illegal actions conducted by the FBI that focused on infiltrating and discrediting organizations deemed subversive.