- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will mark the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination with a public conference at their schools.

Scholars will discuss the life and teachings of Malcolm X and assess his relevance today for the U.S., Islam and the world. The conference will be held Friday and Saturday. Malcolm X was killed Feb. 21, 1965.

Events will be held Friday at Duke and Saturday at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Malcolm X was 39 years old when he was assassinated in New York. Three members of the Nation of Islam were convicted of first-degree murder in his death. Malcolm X had repudiated the Nation of Islam less than a year earlier.

The Duke Islamic Students Center is sponsoring the conference with several co-sponsors.

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