President Erdoğan meets daughters of Malcolm X in New York

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 24.09.2018 16:47
Updated 25.09.2018 14:11
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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in New York for the 73rd General Assembly of the United Nations, met with the daughters of Malcolm X, Qabilah and Ilyasah Shabazz, who are prominent voices in the fight against racism.

First lady Emine Erdoğan, daughter Esra Erdoğan and Minister of Treasury and Finance Berat Albayrak also attended the meeting.

President Erdoğan gifted the women a signed memorial book entitled "The world is more than five."

Malcolm X is seen as one of the most influential African Americans who fought against racism in the United States.

He encountered the sect "Nation of Islam" while serving a prison sentence in the 1940s, changing his name from Malcolm Little to Malcolm X. After his release, he went on a pilgrimage to Mecca and converted to Sunni Islam, adopting an egalitarian perspective that empowered him for the rest of his life.

Malcolm X became a champion of civil rights and herald of the true Islam in American society. He visited Africa twice during his lifetime and delivered numerous speeches about the liberalization of black people as well as all oppressed people.

He was killed by three armed attackers while he was giving a speech in New York on Feb. 21, 1965.

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