02/21/2013 10:19 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Malcolm X: Black History Photo Of The Day

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 January 1, 1964 and shows activist Malcolm X giving a speech during an unspecified rally. The picture was taken a little more than a year before the black nationalist leader was assassinated while speaking in New York City.

In 1964, Malcolm X demonstrated a profound change in philosophy, which ultimately led to his untimely death. After years of being a devout member of the Nation of Islam, he was suspended from the organization by leader Elijah Muhammad. X's pilgrimage to Mecca brought him to the conclusion that racism, not the white race, was the greatest enemy for African Americans, encouraging him to found the Organization of Afro-American Unity and align with groups like the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee.

On February 21, 1965, exactly 48 years ago today, Malcolm X was shot and killed by Nation of Islam members while speaking at a rally for his organization. The leader's prophetic words, just two days before he was murdered, provoke chills and signify his dedication to the fight for civil rights.

"It is a time for martyrs now, and if I am to be one, it will be for the cause of brotherhood. Thats the only thing that can save this country."

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

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