Constance Mitchell recalls Malcolm X’s February 1965 visit to Rochester

Constance Mitchell recalls Malcolm X’s February 1965 visit to Rochester
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Democrat and Chronicle, February 17, 1965. Page 1

• February 21, 2015

In her story on the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, Erica Bryant has done impressive journalistic sleuthing by uncovering several new accounts of Malcom’s visit to Rochester only five days before his death.

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A while back, for a D & C  Guest Essay, I also looked into Malcolm’s trip to Rochester. Like Bryant, I also came across the chilling Democrat and Chronicle headline in which Malcolm essentially predicted his own assassination: “Marked for Death, Says Malcolm X.” Tragically, he was correct.

I also learned that Constance Mitchell, the first African-American woman elected to the Rochester City Council, was a friend and frequent correspondent of Malcom’s. (If her memory serves, Malcolm stayed at her house that February night.)con s

As seen in essay, Mitchell, who was not surprised by the assassination, recalls Malcom as a humanist and peacemaker. Ultimately, Mitchell did not think Malcom died in vain.  As she said: “There has been tremendous progress in the past 40 years. If Malcolm were alive today, he would probably say this progress is a message from God.”

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