Malcolm X's hometown paper, the New York Amsterdam News, featured a large picture of Malcolm X laying in state at the Unity Funeral Home, and a series of "Malcolm X as I Knew Him" stories by Amsterdam News reporters. The Norfolk Journal and Guide, in contrast, ran a picture of Malcolm X holding his young daughter Ilyasah with a caption noting "Militant Nationalist leader Malcolm X does not appear too 'militant' in this recent picture."
The Philadelphia Tribune ran a picture of Betty Shabazz and others gathered around Malcolm X after he was shot, and several stories on the event. The Cleveland Call and Post's headline warned, "Malcolm's Avengers Trigger Muslim War." The Pittsburgh Courier and Los Angeles Sentinel gave less front page space to the story, and in the Sentinel the top headline was "TV Man Dies in 'Hot Dog' Row," a crime story involving a television repair man.
When I searched for news coverage of the vent, I expected that the front pages of other papers would have resembled the Defender's banner headline. Seeing the variety of news coverage of Malcolm X's death in the black press is a useful reminder of how this iconic figures legacy continued to grow after his death.
To view PDF images of the newspaper front pages, click the links below:
Cleveland Call and Post
Los Angeles Sentinel
New York Amsterdam News
Norfolk Journal and Guide
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- Philadelphia Tribune - February 23, 1965
- Chicago Defender - February 22, 1965
- Baltimore Afro-American - February 27, 1965
- Cleveland Call and Post - February 27, 1965
- Los Angeles Sentinel - February 25, 1965
- Norfolk Journal and Guide - February 27, 1965
- NY Amsterdam News - February 27, 1965
- Pittsburgh Courier - February 27, 1965