The family of Malcolm X, including his daughters Qubilah Shabazz and Ilyasah Shabazz, has filed a lawsuit against the NYPD, the state of New York, and federal agencies for $100 million. The lawsuit alleges that the government concealed evidence related to the murder of the civil rights activist, 58 years after his death.

On Tuesday, the family’s attorney Ben Crump announced the lawsuit during a press conference held at the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Education Center in New York City. This location, previously known as the Audubon Ballroom, was where Malcolm X was assassinated.

According to Complex, the lawsuit was filed after a $36 million settlement was reached in 2021 due to the wrongful convictions of Muhammad Aziz and Khalil Islam for the assassination of Malcolm X. Judge Ellen Biben expressed regret at the time, stating, “I regret that this court cannot undo the serious miscarriage of justice. There can be no question that this is a case that cries out for fundamental justice.”

During Tuesday’s announcement, attorney Ben Crump referenced the $36 million settlement for the wrongful convictions of Muhammad Aziz and Khalil Islam, and questioned what compensation should be given to Malcolm X’s daughters, who suffered the most from his assassination. Crump stated that the family intends to pursue vigorous litigation, including the discovery process and taking depositions of individuals still alive 58 years later, to uncover the truth about what happened and who was involved. He emphasized that the truth has always been critical in this case.


Malcolm X was shot 21 times while preparing to speak at the Audubon Ballroom on February 21, 1965. He was set to address a large audience for a gathering of the Organization of Afro-American Unity. He founded the group one year earlier.

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