Featuring excerpts from the Omar Shabazz 2011 documentary ‘The Laughing Lieutenant’ this video reveals that the Nation of Islam (NOI) hired out or otherwise used the Audubon Ballroom on at least FOUR separate occasions in the weeks leading up to the 21st February 1965 Malcolm X assassination. The first of these occurred on 12 January when the local NOI Mosque #7 held what was billed as ‘A Night with the FOI’. A few weeks later, on 15 February, the NOI assassins staged a dress rehearsal of their “get your hand out of my pocket” ruse during one of Malcolm’s rallies there (the commotion in the audience and Malcolm’s appeals for calm can be clearly heard on the audio recording of the event). The very following day, 16 February, Mosque #7 held another event titled ‘Annual Class Closing’ for their female membership corps known as the ‘Muslim Girls in Training’ or MGT. And on 20 February, the night before the assassination, Malcolm’s NOI killers purchased tickets for a dance event at the Audubon in order to survey the premises one last time and finalise their plans. The video includes audio recordings of the 15th February ‘dry run’ as well as the 21st February assassination of Malcolm X.
The video concludes with an exclusive interview with Newark #25 FOI Lieutenant Linward X Cathcart about his role in the assassination of Malcolm X. Cathcart (known today as Abdul Karriem Muhammad) witnessed the assassination from a front-row seat at the Audubon Ballroom and was reportedly observed either smiling or laughing as Malcolm X was being gunned down – an allegation he has long denied. Cathcart is suspected of having served as the on-scene ‘supervisor’ of the #25 hit squad that slew Malcolm X and it was his task to both ensure the success of the assassins mission and to provide an after-action report to the NOI’s leadership in Chicago. Cathcart shared a front-row seat at the Audubon Ballroom with two of the five assassins, Talmadge Hayer and Leon Davis. The Cathcart interview is excerpted from NOI historian and broadcaster Lance Shabazz’s documentary ‘Malcolm X vs the Nation of Islam: the Naked Truth’ (2011).
21st February 2015 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Malcolm X assassination and we are calling on Nation of Islam (NOI) leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan, to publish all of the NOI’s files and records, in full and without alteration, on the five known assassins of Malcolm X: William X Bradley, Leon Davis, Talmadge Hayer, Albert Benjamin Thomas and Wilbert McKinney. In addition, we demand that Mr Farrakhan make available to the public all of the NOI’s files and records on former Fruit of Islam (FOI) lieutenant Agurs Linward X Cathcart who has recently emerged as a person of interest where the Malcolm X assassination is concerned. Each of these individuals was a member of the NOI’s Muhammad’s Mosque #25 based in Newark, New Jersey at the time of the assassination. We are also calling on President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to publish all US federal government files and records, without alteration or redaction, relating to the 1965 crime.