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Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali: Black History Photo Of The Day (PHOTO)

02/13/2013 01:30 pm ET

A picture is certainly worth a thousand words. What better way to celebrate Black History Month than by taking a moment to acknowledge the snapshots of time that represent the struggle and triumph of African-Americans through the years?

As part of our Black History Month coverage, we will be featuring one photo a day that honors years of groundbreaking achievements within the black community. These photos bring tears to our eyes, instill pride in our hearts and motivate us to carry on the legacy of strength and perseverance.

Today's photo was taken on March 1, 1964, showing heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali with civil rights leader Malcolm X outside the Trans-Lux Newsreel Theater in New York, after viewing the screening of a film about Ali's title fight with Sonny Liston.

A mere five days later, Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad announced that the boxing legend would be changing his name as a symbol of his new identity and alignment with the organization, from Cassius Clay to Cassius X, and later to Muhammad Ali. This move was eventually the catalyst that led to the end of Ali's friendship with Malcolm X, as the activist denounced the NOI shortly after Ali joined.

Ali has opened up on his feelings about the end of his relationship with Malcolm X, saying how much he regretted it.

“Turning my back on Malcolm, was one of the mistakes that I regret most in my life,” the boxing champ said.

Take a look at the photo and share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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