Remembering Malcolm X’s visit to Smethwick

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Civil rights campaigner Malcolm X changed the course of  history when he visited the British town of Smethwick, in the West Midlands, during a period of heightened racial tension in 1965.

He was invited to Marshall Street in Smethwick, where white homeowners were lobbying the council to buy up houses to prevent black or Asian families moving in.

The visit of Malcolm X – nine days before his assassination in New York – would then help to end the discriminatory housing practice.

To mark the anniversary of his death, his success in Smethwick is being commemorated with a blue plaque in Marshall Street by the Nubian Jak Community Trust, which runs Britain’s only black and ethnic minority national plaque scheme.

Professor Gus John told the BBC West Midlands about the meaning of his visit:

You can also read about this subject at the BBC’s website.

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