Malcolm X Resolution 5/19/09

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 LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  celebrating  the  84th Birthday of Malcolm X, a
 human rights activist, and one of the most influential African  American
 leaders in history
 WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense  of  this Legislative Body to recognize and
 commend individuals and events which celebrate our nation's great strug-
 gle to fulfill the promise of equality and opportunity for all; and

   WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
 standing  traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to celebrate
 the 84th Birthday of Malcolm X, a powerful figure in  American  history;

   WHEREAS,  Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska, on May
 19, 1925; and

   WHEREAS, On January 14, 1958, Malcolm X married  Betty  Sanders;  they
 had six children, Attallah, Qubilah, Ilyasah, Gamilah, Malaak, and Mali-
 kah; and

   WHEREAS,  Once a member of the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X was a Muslim
 minister, public speaker, and human rights activist; he was a courageous
 advocate for the rights of African Americans in the face of institution-
 alized racism; and

   WHEREAS, After his departure from  the  Nation  of  Islam,  Malcolm  X
 founded Muslim Mosque Inc., and the Organization of Afro American Unity;
 he then became a Sunni Muslim, and after his holy pilgrimage to Mecca he
 became El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz; and

   WHEREAS,  Malcolm  X's  pilgrimage  to Mecca, Saudi Arabia proved life
 altering and for the first time, he shared his thoughts and beliefs with
 different cultures, and found the response to  be  overwhelmingly  posi-
 tive; and

   WHEREAS,  When  he  returned to the United States, Malcolm X mentioned
 that while he was abroad he had met men of all races that he could  call
 his  brothers;  he also returned to the United States with a new outlook
 on the African American struggle for equality, a  new  message  for  all
 mankind, and a new hope for the future; and

   WHEREAS, On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated while giving
 a  lecture  in  the  Audubon Ballroom, in New York City which was subse-
 quently designated as a landmark and currently houses the Malcolm X  and
 Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center; and

   WHEREAS,  In  1987,  in  honor of the slain civil rights leader, Lenox
 Avenue in Harlem, New York City was named after Malcolm X;  now,  there-
 fore, be it

   RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
 celebrate the 84th Birthday of  Malcolm  X,  a  human  rights  activist,
 dynamic orator, and one of the most influential African American leaders
 in history.