Malcolm X Assassin Will Be Released

On Wednesday, April 14th, the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee (MXCC) and a host of other supporting forces will host a joint press conference condemning the pending release of Talmadge Hayer, a confessed assassin of Malcolm X.  The press conference will take place at the Shabazz Center, which happens to be the remodeled Audubon Ballroom, where Malcolm was actually assassinated, at 12 noon. It is located at 3940 Broadway, in Washington Heights, near 163rd Street, on the second floor.

Hayer, also known as Thomas Hagen, was quietly granted parole on March 3rd. He is scheduled to be release from the NY State prison system on April 28th.  Hayer was the only assassin captured at the scene after having fired a handgun into Malcolm’s shotgunned body on that fateful February 21, 1965. He was joined in committing one of the “greatest crimes against our people” by Benjamin Thomas, Wilbur McKinley, William Bradley and Leon Davis. In later years, he admitted he had done a terrible thing and named these accomplices. The authorities did not pursue any of them.

The Shabazz family had not been contacted to be heard on why or why not Hayer should be released. Four of the six Shabazz daughters were on hand to witness their father being slain in cold blood by these assassins. Normally, victims of violent crimes are given the privilege of being heard on the issue of their violator’s release. It didn’t happen in this case.  “Serving time is one thing, but the magnitude of the crime is what has to be considered here,” said Zayid Muhammad, press officer for MXCC.  This was a crime of enormous magnitude,” he finished emphatically.
The Malcolm X Commemoration Committee is asking all concerned about this issue to call or email Governor Patterson’s office and tell him to use his authority to not let this happen like this.  Since Malcolm X was a global figure, MXCC is encouraging all concerned who live outside of the state to also reach out to Gov. Patterson’s office.  The Governor can be reached at 518 474 8390 and online at www.

Contact Zayid Muhammad, 201 602 0780

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