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BIOMEDICAL LAB EYED FOR MALCOLM X SITE

The City Planning Commission on Wednesday approved the construction of a $25 million biomedical laboratory on the site where Malcolm X was slain, provided a substantial portion of the building is preserved.

That includes 40 percent of the Audubon Ballroom, including the stage on which the black nationalist leader was shot on Feb. 21, 1965. Malcolm X headed the Harlem mosque of the Black Muslims but split with Black Muslim leader Elijah Muhammad in 1963. Malcolm X then formed the Organization of Afro-American Unity, which promoted black nationalism but admitted the possibility of interracial brotherhood.

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