Justice Department Considers Reinvestigation of Malcolm X Assassination

The U.S. Department of Justice is studying whether to reexamine the 1965 assassination of Malcolm X.

Department spokesman Xochitl Hinojosa said Monday the department is reviewing “the request to open the Malcolm X murder. We decline further comment at this time.”

Alvin Sykes of Kansas City — architect of the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act who in an April 6 letter asked the Justice Department to review Malcolm X’s assassination — praised the department’s consideration.

He said he is hoping Attorney General Eric Holder will bring “more investigative resources and prosecutorial jurisdiction to credibly address the guilt or innocence of a broader net of past, present and potentially future suspects in this case.”

A new biography by the late Manning Marable raises questions about who was involved in Malcolm X’s killing at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem on Feb. 21, 1965 — less than a year after he had left the Nation of Islam.

In Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, Marable claims William Bradley (now known as Al-Mustafa Shabazz) of New Jersey was involved in the assassination, but he has vehemently denied the claim through his lawyer.