Malcolm X stands with Captain Joseph of the Fruit of Islam and Louis X (out of frame), now Louis Farrakhan, in Harlem at the site of his weekly lectures

Muslim minister and civil rights activist Malcolm X (1925-1965) is seen here at a time of growing disillusionment with the Nation of Islam, which he left the following year. Haggins made Malcolm X stand out from Nation of Islam followers through depth of field and focus. The somewhat low viewing angle, contrast in scale with the crowd, and sunlight on Malcolm X’s face call him out as a singular and heroic figure.

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