Category: Marshall Street

Malcolm X

in Smethwick on February 12, 1965

Malcolm X, African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist poses beside the street sign for Marshall Street in Smethwick during a visit to the Midlands.

Smethwick had become a byword for racial division

following the 1964 general election. Some residents of Marshall Street were calling for the council to buy up empty houses and make them available to white families only. Malcolm told newspapers he was visiting because he was “disturbed by reports that coloured people in Smethwick are being treated badly”. He posed beside the nameplate, walked 50 yards up the street, smiled at a ‘for sale’ notice in the window of number 66 and returned to his car before being driven off. He was assassinated nine days later on February 21, 1965