Featuring excerpts from his documentaries ‘Naked Lies’ and ‘Conspiracy – Why Not’, filmmaker Omar Shabazz unearths, for the first time ever, evidence of the close relationship which former world heavyweight boxing champion and Nation of Islam member Muhammad Ali enjoyed with at least one of Malcolm X’s would-be assassins, Clarence 2X Gill. Gill, who served as one of Ali’s bodyguards and close confidants, was a Fruit of Islam (FOI) captain at Louis Farrakhan’s Boston Mosque #11 and in addition to his having once sought to murder Malcolm X (in league with Springfield Mosque #13 captain, John X Peters) Gill is believed to have been part of a back-up hit team at the Audubon Ballroom on the 21st of February 1965. Gill was reportedly shot by Malcolm X bodyguard Reuben Francis while attempting to flee the Audubon and may have later received treatment for his wounds at Muhammad Ali’s Miami training camp – quite possibly from Ali’s very own fight doctor. Gill, along with Alvan X Walcott (the half-brother of Louis Farrakhan), is also suspected of having been a member of the team of NOI arsonists who firebombed Malcolm X’s Queens residence on 14th February 1965.
The horrifying prospect that so revered a figure as Muhammad Ali may have harboured a vicious criminal like Gill in the full knowledge of his role in an attempt on Malcolm’s life would be a tragic coda to what has been an otherwise glittering career.
2015 will mark the 50th anniversary of the brutal assassination of Malcolm X and we are calling on President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to publish all federal government files and records, without alteration or redaction, relating to the 1965 crime.