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Who Is Malcolm X? His Relevance, Legacy, and Message

Herman Hiller, World Telegram staff photographer
Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection.


Malcolm X was assassinated 50 years ago. As a cultural and civil rights icon, his message has been summed up as one of  violence, starkly contrasting to the non-violent message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The complexities of Malcolm's life, from his birth in Omaha to his assasination in Manhattan, belies such a simple conclusion. As we mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination, Ike and Shelby dig into the life and legacy, and continuing relevance, of Malcolm X with Leo Louis, President of the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation in Omaha, Nebraska.


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At a young age Rayford’s entrepreneurial spirit was nurtured through involvement in family businesses., where learned the arts of relationship building, time management and the value of self-determination. He has been involved in leadership positions of The NAACP, Three Rivers Independent Living Centers, Toastmasters International, Leadership Siouxland, Habitat For Humanity, Freedom Festival, Youth For Christ, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Decatur Lodge, and Juneteenth. Additionally, Rayford strives to bring people together by valuing the individuality of everyone he encounters and withholding judgment. These skills were particularly valuable when investigating allegations of discrimination while serving as an AmeriCorp VISTA with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission at the Siouxland Human Rights Commission and advocate at Three Rivers Independent Living Center. He achieved the highest honor awarded in Toastmasters International, the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), in 2012 and continues his education both formally and informally. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Business Administration and Mass Communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa in 2003 while balancing the demands of school, single-parenthood and full-time employment.
Shelby is a native Sioux Cityan. She graduated from East High. After completing her undergraduate in Social Science in Denver, she lived and worked briefly in Phoenix, AZ. Eight years ago, she returned to Sioux City for what she thought would be a brief stint. She remains a en-Sioux-siast to this day.
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