"North Vietnamese Stamps, ca. 1965." From Malcolm X: A Search for Truth,
Exhibit at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library,
May 19 - December 31, 2005.
When Malcolm X was assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, New York on February 21, 1965,
he had two North Vietnamese stamps tucked in his address book. One of these stamps depicted a U.S.
helicopter being shot down by North Vietnamese forces. (This same stamp was also featured on the
cover of the February 26, 1965 issue of Life magazine). "Malcolm: A Search for
Truth," the 2005 exhibit on Malcolm X at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black
Culture, displayed these stamps and described them with the following text:
North Vietnamese Stamps, ca. 1965.
Malcolm X was an outspoken opponent of American involvement in the Vietnam War; however,
how these stamps were obtained, or why they were in his address book at the time of his
assassination, is not known. District Attorney New York County: Case File #871-65
[Evidence Diary]. New York City Municipal Archives. Source: Schomburg Center for
Research in Black Culture.